horn

noun
\ ˈhȯrn How to pronounce horn (audio) \

Definition of horn

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : one of the usually paired bony processes that arise from the head of many ungulates and that are found in some extinct mammals and reptiles: such as
(1) : one of the permanent paired hollow sheaths of keratin usually present in both sexes of cattle and their relatives that function chiefly for defense and arise from a bony core anchored to the skull — see cow illustration
(2) : antler
(3) : a permanent solid horn of keratin that is attached to the nasal bone of a rhinoceros
(4) : one of a pair of permanent bone protuberances from the skull of a giraffe or okapi that are covered with hairy skin
b : a part like an animal's horn attributed especially to the devil
c : a natural projection or excrescence from an animal resembling or suggestive of a horn
d(1) : the tough fibrous material consisting chiefly of keratin that covers or forms the horns of cattle and related animals, hooves, or other horny parts (such as claws or nails)
(2) : a manufactured product (such as a plastic) resembling horn
e : a hollow horn used to hold something
2 : something resembling or suggestive of a horn: such as
a : one of the curved ends of a crescent
b : a sharp mountain peak
c : a body of land or water shaped like a horn
d : a beak-shaped part of an anvil
e : a high pommel of a saddle
f : cornu
3a : an animal's horn used as a wind instrument
b : a brass wind instrument: such as
c : a wind instrument used in a jazz band especially : trumpet
d : a usually electrical device that makes a noise like that of a horn
4 : a source of strength
5 : one of the equally disadvantageous alternatives presented by a dilemma
6 slang : telephone

Horn

geographical name
\ ˈhȯrn How to pronounce Horn (audio) \
variants: or North Cape

Definition of Horn (Entry 2 of 2)

cape just south of the Arctic Circle in northwestern Iceland

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Other Words from horn

Noun

horn adjective
horned \ ˈhȯrnd How to pronounce Horn (audio) also  ˈhȯr-​nəd \ adjective
hornedness \ ˈhȯr-​nəd-​nəs How to pronounce Horn (audio) , ˈhȯrn(d)-​nəs \ noun
hornless \ ˈhȯrn-​ləs How to pronounce Horn (audio) \ adjective
hornlessness noun
hornlike \ ˈhȯrn-​ˌlīk How to pronounce Horn (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for horn

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of horn in a Sentence

Noun musketeers carrying their gunpowder in powder horns
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The teen was sitting in his car near the drive-thru of a restaurant when a man in a black Jeep behind him honked its horn. Fox News, "Weekend gun violence in Chicago leaves 22 shot, 1 fatally," 16 Nov. 2020 Instead, when the woman was backing out of a parking space in a Pearl Road parking lot, the driver of an Infiniti honked their horn at her. John Benson, cleveland, "Threatening man tells Taco Bell customers all the employees have COVID-19: Strongsville Police Blotter," 11 Nov. 2020 Nearby, the driver of a silver Toyota Prius repeatedly honked its horn, joggers held their arms up in jubilation and a woman on a bicycle rode through the intersection, shouting with joy. Julie Bosman, New York Times, "‘A New Day in America’: Biden Victory Prompts Spontaneous Celebrations," 7 Nov. 2020 The horn-honking by educators in cities including Chicago, Milwaukee and Philadelphia came amid demands that instruction be offered online until tests show that classrooms are safe and districts hire more nurses. Kate Gibson, CBS News, "Coronavirus fears spur teacher protests, resignations and retirements," 20 Aug. 2020 The trumpeter Charles Tolliver formed an unusual group, Music Inc., in 1969—it featured him with piano, bass, and drums, but no other horn, placing an extraordinary physical demand on him. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "A Treasure Trove of Jazz and Soul Concert Videos on Quincy Jones’s Streaming Site," 18 Dec. 2020 With the final horn sounded and class dismissed for the day, Vassell sat in the Spurs’ locker room at Toyota Center better for the learning experience. Jeff Mcdonald, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Spurs’ youth tested in loss to Houston Rockets," 15 Dec. 2020 And when the final horn sounded, a large contingent of seniors cried on each others’ shoulders, realizing the finality. Jim Derry | Staff Writer, NOLA.com, "Mandeville can't get anything going, bounced by No. 1 Acadiana, 21-0," 12 Dec. 2020 The rig features a sinker shaped like a shoe horn and is designed to slide through and over rocks without getting snagged. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Fishing Guide Reeled In Fame and Redemption," 10 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of horn

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for horn

Noun

Middle English, going back to Old English, going back to Germanic *hurna- (whence also Old Frisian, Old High German & Old Norse horn "horn," Gothic haurn), going back to Indo-European *ḱr̥-n-o, perhaps originally "object made of bony material from the head" (whence also Latin cornum, cornū "horn," Welsh carn "hoof, hilt, handle," Breton karn "hoof," and, with an additional velar suffix, Sanskrit śŕ̥ṅgam "horn"), derivative of a base *ḱer-, elsewhere with laryngeal element *ḱer-h2- "bony material constituting the skull or horns" — more at kerato-

Note: Also in Germanic *her-uta- "stag, hart, deer"—see hart. The Latin u-stem cornū perhaps reflects an earlier *korū̆ merged with *korno- (see Alan Nussbaum, Head and Horn in Indo-European, Berlin, 1986, p. 4).

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“Horn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horn. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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horn

noun
How to pronounce Horn (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of horn

: one of the hard pointed parts that grows on the head of some animals (such as cattle, goats, or sheep)
: a hard pointed part that grows on the nose of a rhinoceros
: the hard material of which horns are made

horn

noun
\ ˈhȯrn How to pronounce horn (audio) \

Kids Definition of horn

1 : one of the hard bony growths on the head of many hoofed animals (as cattle, goats, or sheep)
2 : the tough material of which horns and hooves are composed The knife handle was made of horn.
3 : a brass musical instrument (as a trumpet or French horn)
4 : a usually electrical device that makes a noise like that of a horn Drivers were blowing their horns.
5 : something shaped like or made from a horn Each soldier carried a horn of powder.
6 : a musical or signaling instrument made from an animal's horn

Other Words from horn

horned \ ˈhȯrnd \ adjective
hornless \ ˈhȯrn-​ləs \ adjective

horn

noun
\ ˈhȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce horn (audio) \

Medical Definition of horn

1a : one of the usually paired bony processes that arise from the head of many ungulates and that are found in some extinct mammals and reptiles especially : one of the permanent paired hollow sheaths of keratin usually present in both sexes of cattle and their relatives that function chiefly for defense and arise from a bony core anchored to the skull
b : the tough fibrous material consisting chiefly of keratin that covers or forms the horns of cattle and related animals, hooves, or other horny parts (as claws or nails)
2 : cornu

Other Words from horn

horned \ ˈhȯ(ə)rnd How to pronounce horn (audio) \ adjective

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