alpenhorn

noun

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

Illustration of alpenhorn

Illustration of alpenhorn

Example Sentences

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

Etymology

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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Cite this Entry

“Alpenhorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alpenhorn. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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