long·​horn | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce longhorn (audio) \

Definition of longhorn

1a : any of the long-horned cattle of Spanish derivation formerly common in the southwestern U.S.
2 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 longhorn participates in about 12-15 shows per year. Fox News, "Texas longhorn named Bucklehead breaks world record for horn span: See the pics," 19 Oct. 2019 The days of longhorn cattle parading around the LH7 ranch are long gone. Julian Gill, Houston Chronicle, "'Lost empire': Video shows how Houston's historic LH7 ranch changed over the years," 15 July 2019 Cheers rang out when wranglers drove a herd of longhorn cattle up Cypress Street onto the main thoroughfare patrolled by area law enforcement officers. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "Hundreds attend Bandera Labor Day Parade," 31 Aug. 2019 The cow was part of the longhorn cattle drive in downtown, which kicks off the two-day Ride for the Brand Ranch Rodeo. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Holy cow! Video shows longhorn on the loose charging into downtown Colorado Springs bank," 3 Aug. 2019 Just got off the practice field and heard the terrible news.. RIP to my longhorn brother. Jim Vertuno, baltimoresun.com, "Former Texas, NFL running back Cedric Benson dies in motorcycle accident," 18 Aug. 2019 Inside, bike-hanger sculptures — with handlebars and seats positioned to resemble longhorn skulls — made by local artist Elaina Robins are on display and available for purchase. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Upland Fountain Square packs beer company's 'culture' into a single spot," 26 July 2019 Pedestrians scurried out of harm’s way during the brief escape as the longhorn romped across a street and through an open door at the Plaza of the Rockies. SFChronicle.com, "News of the day from across the nation, Aug. 4," 3 Aug. 2019 Poncho’s horn span also beats that of the previous record holder—a longhorn steer called Sato, from Texas—by just over an inch. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Sorry Texas: Alabama Longhorn Breaks Guinness World Record for Longest Horns," 18 June 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'longhorn.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of longhorn

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about longhorn

Time Traveler for longhorn

Time Traveler

The first known use of longhorn was in 1857

See more words from the same year

Statistics for longhorn

Cite this Entry

“Longhorn.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/longhorn. Accessed 27 January 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for longhorn


How to pronounce longhorn (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of longhorn

: a type of cow that has long horns


long·​horn | \ ˈlȯŋ-ˌhȯrn How to pronounce longhorn (audio) \

Kids Definition of longhorn

: a cow with very long horns that was once common in the southwestern United States

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on longhorn

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with longhorn

Spanish Central: Translation of longhorn

Nglish: Translation of longhorn for Spanish Speakers

Comments on longhorn

What made you want to look up longhorn? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


one that suddenly gains wealth or power

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Intact Latin Quiz

  • roman tablet
  • What did focus mean in Latin?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!