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 horned (audio) also  ˈhȯr-​nəd \ adjective
hornedness \ ˈhȯr-​nəd-​nəs How to pronounce hornedness (audio) , ˈhȯrn(d)-​nəs \ noun
hornless \ ˈhȯrn-​ləs How to pronounce hornless (audio) \ adjective
hornlessness noun
hornlike \ ˈhȯrn-​ˌlīk How to pronounce hornlike (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 Protesters took over the four corners at South 27th Street and West Oklahoma Avenue around noon, shouting anti-war slogans, waving signs and urging drivers to show their support by honking horns. Annysa Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Anti-war protesters in Milwaukee and nation condemn U.S. action against Iran," 4 Jan. 2020 Hundreds of black-clad protesters, many wearing reindeer horns, occupied malls and other shopping areas on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as part of the months-long campaign for democratic and police reforms in the city. Joshua Berlinger, CNN, "Christmas in Hong Kong marked by protests and tear gas," 25 Dec. 2019 Bird performed the first few tunes solo, looping vocals or triggering horn speakers to spin with a magical reverie that matched the spirit of the songs at hand. Bob Gendron, chicagotribune.com, "Review: Andrew Bird is here for his annual, deep dive into the holiday season that isn’t a ‘Nutcracker’-like chestnut but is just as traditional," 10 Dec. 2019 Although Gershwin was creatively adhering to a classical idiom here, his determination to capture the atmosphere of Paris incorporated such instrumentation as a taxi horn. Mike Giuliano, baltimoresun.com, "Columbia Orchestra will revel in ‘American Stories’ during Saturday night concert," 5 Dec. 2019 The Sumatra rhino is the smallest of the rhinoceros species and the only rhino with two horns. Arkansas Online, "Rhino in Malaysia dies; species gone," 24 Nov. 2019 But the thousands of screaming fans and loud noises such as air horns, marching bands and fireworks are terrifying for any animal, which can’t possibly understand what’s going on. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: More needed to fight hazing; Keep LaRue’s name on library; Loud college games too much for animals (11/13/19," 13 Nov. 2019 Bern hits hard on the cautionary title track, with a clapping backbeat and a humming horn section. Chris Bieri, Anchorage Daily News, "Dan Bern performs in Alaska for the first time since injuring hand in snowblower accident," 19 Dec. 2019 At Mission Control in Houston, young men in horn rimmed glasses and crewcuts sent commands to spacecraft heading for the Moon. The Economist, "Can technology plan economies and destroy democracy?," 18 Dec. 2019

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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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The first known use of horn was before the 12th century

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“Horn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hornedness. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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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 horned (audio) \ adjective

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