plural noun
\ ˈhau̇n(d)z How to pronounce hounds (audio) \

Definition of hounds

: the framing at the masthead of a ship that supports the heel of the topmast and the upper parts of the lower rigging

Examples of hounds in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But pop culture hounds might recognize her last name. BostonGlobe.com, 20 July 2021 A few hours later, the alarm, and sounds of howling hounds, jolts me awake. Emiliano Ruprah, Wired, 31 July 2021 Roberts and Frost, who was 36 years older, raised hounds and went on hunting parties together. Scott Huddleston, San Antonio Express-News, 6 July 2021 The hip-hop road hounds will return to Texas, the West Coast and Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheater in August on a co-headlining tour with ’90s stoner-rap heroes Cypress Hill. Star Tribune, 2 July 2021 Our caravan of two cars plus a pickup with four expert, jaguar-tracking hounds speeds along a trail through the forest. Emiliano Ruprah, Wired, 31 July 2021 Pots and pans clanged and banged, branches snapped, hounds bayed, and there were whistles and yells going back and forth. Tom Keer, Outdoor Life, 14 Dec. 2020 Bacon’s father was given to terrible rages, and his grandmother was married to a man who, on the morning of a hunt, would catch cats, cut off their claws, and throw them to his hounds, to pique a taste for blood. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 When Artemis transformed Actaeon into a stag, he was ravaged by dozens of hunting hounds, whose names survive today (​and, in fact, can be found on Wikipedia​). Ashley Stimpson, Longreads, 31 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of hounds

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hounds

Middle English houne, from Old Norse hūnn knob at the top of a masthead

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17 Sep 2021

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“Hounds.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hounds. Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

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