al·​pen·​horn ˈal-pən-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce alpenhorn (audio)
variants or alphorn
: a straight wooden horn 5 to 14 feet (about 1.5 to 4.3 meters) in length used chiefly by Swiss herdsmen

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Recent Examples on the Web Because nothing says Americana like a man in lederhosen honkin’ on an alpenhorn. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 19 Sep. 2022

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Word History


German, from Alpen + Horn horn

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of alpenhorn was in 1811

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“Alpenhorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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