Definitions for HUN

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Hun*hʌn(n.)

  1. a member of a pastoral people of the Eurasian steppes, who in the late 4th century a.d. began a course of alternating conflict and alliance with their Iranian and Germanic neighbors and the Roman Empire: they reached the height of their power in Europe under Attila in the 5th century, and then disappeared from history.

    Category: Peoples, Ancient History

  2. (often l.c.) a barbarous, destructive person; vandal.

    Category: Status (usage)

  3. Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a German soldier in World War I or II.) (a contemptuous term used to refer to a German.)

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* Usage: The meanings represented by definitions 3a and 3b , though appearing mostly in historical contexts, are used with disparaging intent and are perceived as highly insulting, since the Germans are likened to the barbarous, warlike, destructive Huns of the 4th and 5th centuries.

Origin of Hun:

bef. 900; sing. of Huns, OE Hūnas; akin to LL Hunnī

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hun(noun)

    a member of a nomadic people who invaded Europe in the 4th century

Wiktionary

  1. hun(Noun)

    Affectionate abbreviation of honey.

  2. hun(Noun)

    A grey partridge.

  3. Hun(Noun)

    A member of a nomadic tribe, the Huns, most likely of Turkic origin, which invaded Europe in the fourth century from Central Asia.

  4. Hun(Noun)

    a vandal, a barbarian, an uncivilized destructive person

  5. Hun(Noun)

    A German

  6. Hun(Noun)

    A Protestant.

  7. Origin: From Hunnus, apparently ultimately from Turkic Hun-yü, the name of a tribe (they were known in China as (Hsiungnu)).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hun(noun)

    one of a warlike nomadic people of Northern Asia who, in the 5th century, under Atilla, invaded and conquered a great part of Europe

Freebase

  1. Hun

    The hun is a Korean ocarina-like flute made of baked clay or other ceramics. It has a globular shape, with a blowing hole on top and several finger holes. It is used primarily in court music ensembles, although in the late 20th century some contemporary Korean composers began to use it in their compositions and film scores. In Japan, the equivalent instrument is called tsuchibue.


Translations for HUN

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

their(adjective)

belonging to them

This is their car; Take a note of their names and addresses.

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