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

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Around the horn The Orioles signed left-handed reliever Sean Gilmartin to a minor league contract and assigned him to Norfolk, the Tides announced Friday. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles notes: Streaky Beckham seeking 'a little more consistency'; Yacabonis on track for Sunday start," 13 July 2018 Known for his bow ties and horn-rimmed glasses, Mr. Elden also helped Carl Icahn set up a hedge fund that raised $1.6 billion in 2004. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Richard Elden Used Newspaper Skills to Find Best Bets in Hedge Funds," 13 July 2018 Ranging in age from 14 to 21, the performers make up the horn line (brass instruments such as trumpet, tuba and trombone), percussion (drums, cymbals, keyboards and more) and color guard. Anne Dunlap, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Drum Corps International marches into Orlando," 6 July 2018 Parents in Concord, N.C. have been warned that fireworks resembling My Little Pony and Pete’s Dragon toys—and project flames from their mouths and horns—are being sold in area stores prior to the Fourth of July holiday. Jonathan Sperling, Fortune, "Fireworks Resembling 'My Little Pony' Toys Are Being Sold in North Carolina," 3 July 2018 Gordon, 64, sports a pixie haircut, neat dresses and horn-rimmed glasses. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, Washington Post, "Baltimore rapper and professor form unlikely friendship over health disparities," 21 June 2018 But the inning would have been over far sooner had third baseman Colin Moran gone around the horn rather than trying to turn two by touching third and throwing across the diamond, a throw Nick Ahmed beat. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks drop finale to Pirates," 13 June 2018 Aaron Hill started an around-the-horn triple play in April, and Chris Carter speared a liner with two runners going that resulted in three outs in September. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Timber Rattlers go 6-4-5-4-5-6 for a triple play Tuesday night," 6 June 2018 Their last around-the-horn triple play at home was started by Gary Gaetti in 1995. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Another series ends on down note for Royals after Yankees win 10-1 | The Kansas City Star," 20 May 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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