From Middle English horn, horne, from Old English horn, from Proto-Germanic *hurną (compare West Frisian hoarn, Dutch hoorn, Low German Hoorn, horn, German Horn, Danish and Swedish horn, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 (haurn)), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱerh₂-, (compare Breton kern (“horn”), Latin cornū, Ancient Greek κέρας (kéras), Proto-Slavic *sьrna, Old Church Slavonic sьrna (sĭrna, “roedeer”), Hittite [script needed] (surna, “horn”)[script needed], Persian سور (sur), Sanskrit शृङ्ग (śṛṅga, “horn”)).
- (UK) enPR: hôn, IPA(key): /hɔːn/
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- (US) enPR: hôrn, IPA(key): /hɔɹn/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(r)n
- (countable) A hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animals, usually paired.
- Any similar real or imaginary growth or projection such as the elongated tusk of a narwhal, the eyestalk of a snail, the pointed growth on the nose of a rhinoceros, or the hornlike projection on the head of a demon or similar.
- An antler.
- (uncountable) The hard substance from which animals' horns are made, sometimes used by man as a material for making various objects.
- Synonym: keratin
- an umbrella with a handle made of horn
- An object whose shape resembles a horn, such as cornucopia, the point of an anvil, or a vessel for gunpowder or liquid.
- The moon / Wears a wan circle round her blunted horns.
- horns of mead and ale
- The high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg.
- (architecture) The Ionic volute.
- (nautical) The outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc.
- (carpentry) A curved projection on the fore part of a plane.
- One of the projections at the four corners of the Jewish altar of burnt offering.
- Bible, 1 Kings ii. 28
- Joab […] caught hold on the horns of the altar
- Bible, 1 Kings ii. 28
- (countable) Any of several musical wind instruments.
- (countable, music) An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others.
- hunting horn
- (countable, automotive) A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle.
- (chiefly sports) A sound signaling the expiration of time.
- The shot was after the horn and therefore did not count.
- (countable) A conical device used to direct waves.
- Synonym: funnel
- antenna horn
- loudspeaker horn
- (informal, music, countable) Generally, any brass wind instrument.
- (slang, countable, from the horn-shaped earpieces of old communication systems that used air tubes) A telephone.
- (uncountable, vulgar, slang, definite article) An erection of the penis.
- (countable, geography) A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land.
- Synonym: peninsula
- to navigate around the horn
- (countable) A diacritical mark that may be attached to the top right corner of the letters o and u when writing in Vietnamese, thus forming ơ and ư.
- (botany) An incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found in the flowers of the milkweed (Asclepias).
When used alone to refer to an instrument, horn can mean either hunting horn or French horn, depending on context. Other instruments are identified by specific adjectives such as English horn or basset horn.
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- (transitive, of an animal) To assault with the horns.
- (transitive) To furnish with horns.
- (transitive, slang, obsolete) To cuckold.
- acoustic horn
- Alpine horn
- alto horn
- baritone horn
- basset horn
- Big Horn County
- blow one's horn
- English horn
- French horn
- have the horn
- horn in
- Horn of Africa
- horn of plenty
- horn pipe
- horns and halo effect
- horn violin
- lock horns
- on the horns of a dilemma
- post horn, posthorn
- pull in one's horns
- take the bull by the horns
- toot one's own horn
- Vienna horn
- Vladimir horn
horn n (singular definite hornet, plural indefinite horn)
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horn n (genitive singular horns, nominative plural horn)
horn (plural hornes)
- A horn (keratinous growth on one's head):
- A jutting or projecting extremity of something, especially one resembling a horn:
- One of the two points of a moon that is less than half waxed.
- One of the two points of a women's hairstyle involving projecting points.
- (rare, anatomy) A horn-shaped bodily passage or chamber.
- A horn (gently curved musical instrument)
- Any other hard bodily extension in humans or beasts (e.g. a claw)
- A horn-shaped container, especially one used like a glass.
- (rare) A half or section of an army, troop, or band.
- (rare) The eyestalk of a gastropod or an analogous projection.
- (rare) Bovids which are horned as a collective.
- “horn” in The Bokmål Dictionary.
- “horn” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.
From Proto-Germanic *hurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer- (“horn, head, top”). Compare Old Frisian horn (West Frisian hoarn), Old Saxon horn (Low German Hoorn, horn), Dutch hoorn, Old High German horn (German Horn), Old Norse horn (Danish and Swedish horn), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 (haurn).
horn m (nominative plural hornas)
Old High GermanEdit
- German: Horn
From Proto-Norse ᚺᛟᚱᚾᚨ (horna), from Proto-Germanic *hurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer- or Proto-Indo-European *ḱerh₂-. Cognates include Old English horn (English horn, Old Frisian horn (West Frisian hoarn), Old Saxon horn (Low German Hoorn, horn), Dutch hoorn, Old High German horn (German Horn), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 (haurn).
- horn in Geir T. Zoëga (1910) A Concise Dictionary of Old Icelandic, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- horn (growth on animals' heads)
- horn (object shaped from or like an animal's horn, used for drinking, storage or making sounds)
- horn (object that makes a sound, e.g. on a car)
- (music) horn
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