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 skinb : a part like an animal's horn attributed especially to the devilc : a natural projection or excrescence from an animal resembling or suggestive of a hornd (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 horne : a hollow horn used to hold something
2 : something resembling or suggestive of a horn: such asa : one of the curved ends of a crescentb : a sharp mountain peakc : a body of land or water shaped like a hornd : a beak-shaped part of an anvile : a high pommel of a saddlef : cornu
3a : an animal's horn used as a wind instrumentb : a brass wind instrument: such as (1) : hunting horn (2) : french hornc : a wind instrument used in a jazz band; especially : trumpetd : 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
hornedplay \ˈhȯrnd also ˈhȯr-nəd\ adjective
hornednessplay \ˈhȯr-nəd-nəs, ˈhȯrn(d)-nəs\ noun
hornlessplay \ˈhȯrn-ləs\ adjective
hornlikeplay \ˈhȯrn-ˌlīk\ adjective
Examples of horn in a Sentence
musketeers carrying their gunpowder in powder horns
Recent Examples of horn from the Web
In Germany, lollygagging or rule-breaking — such as using the left lane for anything other than passing —is not tolerated, and drivers police each other by honking horns or flashing headlights.
Ms. Skonberg, a trumpeter and vocalist, has a playful and warm-blooded take on cocktail jazz; her voice is sly and smoky, her horn playing strong and assured.
The puck squeezed through to give the Penguins an early lead and set the tone for a three-goal outburst by the time first-period horn sounded.
Not only because of Ellis' accomplishments on her horn but also due to her wide influence as teacher.
Marie pushed her horn-rims up on her nose and looked up for a moment.
Instead, some tin-horn Talleyrand in the president’s entourage thought that this serial and unrepentant swindler, fornicator, and prevaricator was the man to bring together the three Abrahamic faiths by going to Riyadh, Jerusalem, and the Vatican.
He will be joined by Andrew Bain, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s principal horn player.
Between January 2011 and April 2014, Katie Tomeko Green-horn, 38, and Sandra Lenora Green, 60, conspired to defraud the U.S. by obstructing the IRS in its collection of income taxes.
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Origin and Etymology of horn
Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German horn, Latin cornu, Greek keras
First Known Use: before 12th century
Definition of Horn
cape just south of the Arctic Circle in northwestern Iceland
HORN Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of horn for English Language Learners
: 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 Defined for Kids
Definition of horn for Students
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
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 skullb: 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)
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