long·​horn ˈlȯŋ-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce longhorn (audio)
: any of the long-horned cattle of Spanish derivation formerly common in the southwestern U.S.
or longhorn cheese : a firm-textured usually mild cheese (such as cheddar or Colby)

Examples of longhorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The proposals would affect the longhorns, too, though the horses are the greater concern. Jack Dura, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2023 Don’t miss The Eye, a three-story fiberglass eyeball that peers out from the private garden of the Joule hotel, or the Pioneer Plaza cattle drive of 49 longhorns forever memorialized in life-size bronze. Ava Graham, Dallas News, 21 May 2023 White cowboys herding longhorn cattle and Latino vaqueros with high-stepping Mexican dancing horses lined up to march through town. Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Washington Post, 30 June 2023 Led by professional drovers, a herd of 17 longhorns march down East Exchange Avenue daily, and each animal represents a decade of the city’s history. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, 26 June 2023 In the immediate aftermath of the earthquake, some 60 longhorn cattle escaped from a nearby stockyard. WIRED, 15 June 2023 Lady studied his car: a 1968 seafoam-green Ranchero, upside-down longhorn rack on the grille, the horns crimson, and in white paint along DEATH CAME FOR BEVO. Hazlitt, 14 June 2023 The stylish small town appears almost suddenly after miles of country roads, a drive accented by white fences and sightings of longhorn cattle. Lydia Mansel, Travel + Leisure, 11 June 2023 The tours begin with a visit to the famed Fort Worth longhorn herd and the Fort Worth herd drovers. Tamara Gane, Chron, 29 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of longhorn was in 1857

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“Longhorn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longhorn. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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long·​horn -ˌhȯ(ə)rn How to pronounce longhorn (audio)
: any of the cattle with long horns that were formerly common in the southwestern U.S.

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