fog·​horn ˈfȯg-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce foghorn (audio)
: a horn (as on a ship) sounded in a fog to give warning
: a loud hoarse voice

Examples of foghorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The military branch will continue to operate the aids to navigation – like the light and foghorn – but the actual upkeep of the physical structures and tours of the island are better suited to a different entity. Sophie Hills, The Christian Science Monitor, 21 Nov. 2023 The Coast Guard placed riprap and dozens of gabions along the ledges to absorb the force of the breakers, but, as ocean levels have risen and nor’easters intensified, a fault line between the tower’s foot and the foghorn’s generator house has widened. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 The Coast Guard retains access to the light and the foghorn, and the new custodians are subject to historic-preservation requirements. Dorothy Wickenden, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 The four-story lighthouse and attached foghorn building sit at the entrance of the Cleveland Harbor and are only accessible by boat. Annasofia Scheve, The Enquirer, 8 Aug. 2023 Marshall Point Lighthouse in Port Clyde, Maine was struck by lightning July 27, Nat Lyon, director of the Marshall Point Lighthouse and Museum told the Associated Press, taking out the light and foghorn and damaging the associated circuity. Emily Deletter, USA TODAY, 3 Aug. 2023 The Golden Gate Bridge has three foghorns under the roadway, and two on the south tower, each of them a different pitch. Kevin Fisher-Paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Mar. 2023 So, the 49ers and their foghorn will stay put. Ann Killion,, 7 Dec. 2020 The last time the Fairbanks Ice Dogs were in town to face the Anchorage Wolverines, the Ice Dogs were visibly irked over the proximity to the Fairbanks bench of a foghorn that went off every time the Wolverines scored a goal. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of foghorn was in 1819

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“Foghorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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fog·​horn ˈfȯg-ˌhȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce foghorn (audio)
: a horn (as on a ship) sounded in foggy weather to give warning

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