horn

noun
\ ˈhȯrn How to pronounce horn (audio) \
plural horns

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: 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

Other Words from horn

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

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Examples of horn in a Sentence

musketeers carrying their gunpowder in powder horns
Recent Examples on the Web On Side 2, where some of the cheerier-sounding songs reside, a horn section comes in to lend a very light R&B touch to the proceedings on a few deep tracks. Chris Willman, Variety, 1 Aug. 2022 His emphatic message is underscored by a booming horn section, spastic percussion and Adams’s soulful singing that gives a fresh spin to the original cut. Stephanie Williams, Washington Post, 20 July 2022 Sequined and feather-boa-wrapped dancers twirled across the stage, the horn section blasted out a brassy melody and dual percussionists pounded out a funky groove. Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2022 Each song features Tower of Power’s famed horn section, which has also been showcased on standout albums by Santana, Elton John, Little Feat, Chaka Khan, Rod Stewart, Billy Preston, Linda Ronstadt, Huey Lewis & The News, Lyle Lovett and dozens more. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2022 This large cover band features a six-piece horn section and a four-piece rhythm section and performs everything from Motown to contemporary hits. Jeff Banowetz, Chicago Tribune, 22 June 2022 In 2010, the peak of an indelible pop era that brought us Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and so much more glorious pop, who else would launch a big-band ensemble, complete with a horn section, that blended soul, R&B, blues and Southern rock? David Browne, Rolling Stone, 8 June 2022 There are approximately 24 musicians on stage, usually a massive horn section of 18, along with guitars, bass, drums and an accordion. Eric Fuller, Forbes, 6 June 2022 Knapp and Alper are smart to surround Renée with a larger-than-expected backing band of seven players, three of whom make up a blistering horn section, anchored by the steady, admirably understated guitar played by Brendan Saadat. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of horn

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

History and Etymology for horn

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

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

Horn geographical name

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

Definition of Horn

cape just south of the Arctic Circle in northwestern Iceland

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