horn

noun
\ˈhȯrn \

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

(1) : hunting horn

(2) : french horn

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 \
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 also ˈhȯr-​nəd \ adjective
hornedness \ˈhȯr-​nəd-​nəs, ˈhȯrn(d)-​nəs \ noun
hornless \ˈhȯrn-​ləs \ adjective
hornlessness noun
hornlike \ˈhȯrn-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Synonyms for horn

Synonyms: Noun

cornet, cornucopia

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Examples of horn in a Sentence

Noun

musketeers carrying their gunpowder in powder horns

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In addition to their primary instruments, each member played a variety of others—ranging from small drums to car horns and whistles. Martin Johnson, WSJ, "‘The Art Ensemble of Chicago and Associated Ensembles’ Review: First-Rate Riffs From the Second City," 3 Dec. 2018 The singers stood in front of the memorial in the darkened yard as onlookers gathered and horns from passing cars beeped on nearby streets. Deepti Hajela, The Seattle Times, "200 years of ‘Silent Night’: Singers mark carol’s birthday," 28 Nov. 2018 Now, with the help of dissonant horns and lingering tones, Amazon becomes a supervillain, a corporation run by Lex Luthor or Hydra with world domination in mind. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "Amazon’s holiday commercial remixed with Captain America’s score is like a Black Mirror episode," 26 Nov. 2018 Plus, Stormi appears to also be wearing some sweet little devil horns. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kylie Jenner and Stormi Webster Have a Twinning Moment at the Most Epic Halloween Party," 27 Oct. 2018 Trailer Theft Alert An industry-first, the Trailer Theft Alert can activate the truck’s lights and horn if the harness of the trailer attached to the truck is disconnected. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "The Chevy Silverado's New Towing Tech Makes Attaching a Trailer a Breeze," 20 Sep. 2018 Below, check out several videos of Gomez and her friends dancing, blowing party horns, and throwing confetti around. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Selena Gomez Had a Pasta-Filled Birthday Party on a Yacht, How Was Your Weekend?," 23 July 2018 Friends of Jennifer also remembered her love for the global fusion band Nahko and Medicine for the People, whose music is bouncy and brimming with horns and percussion. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 Kardashian West made sure to highlight all the party’s sweet treats, which included donuts, matching unicorn cakes and rice-crispy pops with little unicorn horns and ears. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, "Kim Kardashian West Wishes Niece Penelope a Happy Birthday with Hilarious Side-Eye Photo," 9 July 2018

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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, from Old English; akin to Old High German horn, Latin cornu, Greek keras

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horn

noun

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 \

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 \

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 \ adjective

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