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
(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 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

cornet, cornucopia

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Examples of horn in a Sentence

Noun

musketeers carrying their gunpowder in powder horns

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Solitude amid protest As strike activists chanted outside along Van Slyke Road, tooting their horns and cheering, Joe Baker of Swartz Creek stood alone in a hall in the union hall stapling protest signs. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, "'Pray for us,' UAW hourly worker urges on Day 1 of the GM strike," 16 Sep. 2019 Rhinos are targeted by poachers, fueled by the belief in Asia that their horns cure various ailments. Faith Karimi And Bethlehem Feleke, CNN, "There are 2 northern white rhinos left worldwide. Scientists created embryos to save the animal from extinction," 12 Sep. 2019 Similarly, motorists stuck at a traffic light are slower to honk their horn if the car in front has a prestige brand. The Economist, "The eyes have it," 12 Sep. 2019 The woman beeped her horn and swerved to avoid a crash. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Drunk driver fights seatbelt on way to jail: Broadview Heights Police Blotter," 21 Aug. 2019 Same age as Mike, horn-rimmed glasses, Rogers Peet suit. New York Times, "Woodstock 1969: A Story Vastly Bigger Than Editors Realized," 9 Aug. 2019 In an attempt to get the driver to slow, the truck driver blew his air horn, but the Tahoe driver didn’t slow and struck the body in the road. Kristi Belcamino, Twin Cities, "Arrest warrant issued in Roseville hit-and-run death," 31 July 2019 Swartwood, a short man with silver hair and horn-rimmed glasses, had difficulty hearing the judge. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Middleman who funneled bribes to Dallas school bus agency officials in corruption scandal gets prison time," 9 July 2019 Maddon’s celebrity status fits his personality as naturally as those black horn-rimmed glasses and, likewise, as relative anonymity suits Renteria. David Haugh, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Rick Renteria earns the right to lead White Sox to the next level — a chance he didn’t get with the Cubs," 17 June 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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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 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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