Definition of hornet
: any of the larger vespid wasps (as of the genus Vespa) — compare yellow jacket
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The Hornets have a financial commitment to Jeremy Lamb, but options off the bench are a clear area of need for this team.
The Hornets left three runners on base and committed three errors.
In 2011, The then New Orleans Hornets attempted to trade All-Star Chris Paul in what would have been a blockbuster trade, but the deal was vetoed by then NBA commissioner David Stern.
And a large part of the sentiment by the … crowds was against the U.S. Special Agent Marks: Our operating in Yemen was -- kicking the hornet's nest.
The Hornets are in an NCAA Regional for the second time in three seasons, this time facing storied Stanford.
Roughly 200 people — including Crosby’s two siblings, four children and four grandchildren — attended his burial Sunday at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery with full military honors, featuring a flyover by four F/A-18 Hornet jets.
In the 57th minute, Sobol doubled the Hornets' lead with a header off a corner kick into the left corner of the net.
Wired writer David Hambling feels something crawling on the back of his neck—a hornet-sized drone insect, or Micro Air Vehicle (MAV) created by the Israeli military to fight terrorists, that might be in use within three years.
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Origin and Etymology of hornet
Middle English hernet, from Old English hyrnet; akin to Old High German hornaz hornet, Latin crabro
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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Definition of hornet for English Language Learners
: a flying insect that has a powerful sting
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Definition of hornet for Students
: a large wasp that can give a severe sting
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