Definitions for Hornhɔrn

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. (n.)one of the hard, keratinous, permanent, hollow, and usu. paired growths projecting from the head of certain ungulates, esp. bovids.

    Category: Zoology

  2. a similar growth, sometimes of compacted hair, as the median horn on a rhinoceros or the tusk of a narwhal.

    Category: Zoology

  3. (not in technical use) antler.

    Category: Zoology

  4. a process projecting from the head of an animal and suggestive of such a growth, as a feeler, tentacle, or crest.

    Category: Zoology

  5. the keratinous substance of which horn growths are composed in vertebrates.

    Category: Zoology

  6. any similar substance, as that forming tortoise shell, hoofs, nails, or corns.

    Category: Zoology, Anatomy

  7. an article made of the material of an animal horn or like substance.

  8. any projection or extremity resembling the horn of an animal.

  9. something made from, resembling, or suggesting a hollowed-out animal horn:

    a drinking horn.

  10. a part resembling an animal horn attributed to deities, demons, etc.:

    the devil's horn.

  11. Usu., horns. the imaginary projections on a cuckold's brow.

  12. Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: French horn.; hunting horn.; trumpet.

  13. an animal horn used as a wind instrument.

    Category: Music and Dance

  14. an instrument for sounding a warning signal:

    an automobile horn.

    Category: Automotive

  15. a tube of varying cross section used in some loudspeakers to couple the diaphragm to the sound-transmitting space. Slang. a loudspeaker.

    Category: Radio and Television, Status (usage)

  16. Slang. a telephone or radiotelephone.

    Category: Common Vocabulary, Telegraphy and Telephony, Status (usage)

  17. a saddle pommel, esp. a high one.

  18. one of the curved extremities of a crescent, esp. of the crescent moon.

    Category: Astronomy

  19. a pyramidal mountain peak, esp. one having concave faces.

    Category: Geography (terms)

  20. a symbol of power or strength, as in the Bible:

    a horn of salvation.

  21. (v.t.)to butt or gore with the horns.

  22. to cuckold.

  23. horn in,Informal. to thrust oneself forward obtrusively; intrude or interrupt.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  24. (adj.)made of horn.

Idioms for horn:

  1. blow ortoot one's own horn, to boast about oneself.

    Category: Idiom, Informal

  2. draw or pull in one's horns, to restrain oneself; become less belligerent.

    Category: Idiom

  3. on the horns of a dilemma, confronted with two equally disagreeable choices.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of horn:

bef. 900; ME, OE, c. OFris, OS, OHG, ON horn, Go haurn, L cornu, Ir, Welsh corn; akin to Gk kéras horn


  1. Cape,

    Category: Geography (places)

    Ref: Cape Horn .

Princeton's WordNet

  1. horn(noun)

    a noisemaker (as at parties or games) that makes a loud noise when you blow through it

  2. horn(noun)

    one of the bony outgrowths on the heads of certain ungulates

  3. horn(noun)

    a noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning;

  4. horn, saddle horn(noun)

    a high pommel of a Western saddle (usually metal covered with leather)

  5. cornet, horn, trumpet, trump(noun)

    a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves

  6. horn(noun)

    any hard protuberance from the head of an organism that is similar to or suggestive of a horn

  7. horn(noun)

    the material (mostly keratin) that covers the horns of ungulates and forms hooves and claws and nails

  8. horn(noun)

    a device having the shape of a horn

    "horns at the ends of a new moon"; "the hornof an anvil"; "the cleat had two horns"

  9. horn(noun)

    an alarm device that makes a loud warning sound

  10. French horn, horn(noun)

    a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves

  11. automobile horn, car horn, motor horn, horn, hooter(verb)

    a device on an automobile for making a warning noise

  12. horn, tusk(verb)

    stab or pierce with a horn or tusk

    "the rhino horned the explorer"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. horn(noun)ɔrn

    one of the two hard, pointed objects on top of some animals' heads

    a cow's horns

  2. hornɔrn

    a device in a vehicle that you press to make a warning noise

    to honk/beep/sound the horn

  3. hornɔrn

    a metal musical instrument played by blowing

    trumpets and other horns


  1. horn(Noun)

    A hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animals.

  2. horn(Noun)

    The hard substance from which animals' horns are made, sometimes used by man as a material for making various objects.

    an umbrella with a handle made of horn

  3. horn(Noun)

    Any of several musical wind instruments.

  4. horn(Noun)

    An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others.

    hunting horn

  5. horn(Noun)

    A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle.

  6. horn(Noun)

    A conical device used to direct waves.

  7. horn(Noun)

    Generally, any brass wind instrument.

  8. horn(Noun)

    A telephone.

  9. horn(Noun)

    An erection of the penis.

  10. horn(Verb)

    To assault with the horns

  11. horn(Verb)

    To cuckold

  12. horn(Noun)

    A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land. "to navigate around the horn."

  13. horn(Noun)

    A diacritical mark that may be attached to the top right corner of the letters o and u when writing in Vietnamese, thus forming u01A1 and u01B0.

  14. Origin: horn, from hurnan (compare hoorn, Horn, haurn), from k̑r̥nom (compare kern 'horn', cornū, kéras, grŭna, srŭna 'roedeer', surna 'horn', sur, śṛṅga 'horn').

Webster Dictionary

  1. Horn(noun)

    a hard, projecting, and usually pointed organ, growing upon the heads of certain animals, esp. of the ruminants, as cattle, goats, and the like. The hollow horns of the Ox family consist externally of true horn, and are never shed

  2. Horn(noun)

    the antler of a deer, which is of bone throughout, and annually shed and renewed

  3. Horn(noun)

    any natural projection or excrescence from an animal, resembling or thought to resemble a horn in substance or form; esp.: (a) A projection from the beak of a bird, as in the hornbill. (b) A tuft of feathers on the head of a bird, as in the horned owl. (c) A hornlike projection from the head or thorax of an insect, or the head of a reptile, or fish. (d) A sharp spine in front of the fins of a fish, as in the horned pout

  4. Horn(noun)

    an incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found in the flowers of the milkweed (Asclepias)

  5. Horn(noun)

    something made of a horn, or in resemblance of a horn

  6. Horn(noun)

    a wind instrument of music; originally, one made of a horn (of an ox or a ram); now applied to various elaborately wrought instruments of brass or other metal, resembling a horn in shape

  7. Horn(noun)

    a drinking cup, or beaker, as having been originally made of the horns of cattle

  8. Horn(noun)

    the cornucopia, or horn of plenty

  9. Horn(noun)

    a vessel made of a horn; esp., one designed for containing powder; anciently, a small vessel for carrying liquids

  10. Horn(noun)

    the pointed beak of an anvil

  11. Horn(noun)

    the high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg

  12. Horn(noun)

    the Ionic volute

  13. Horn(noun)

    the outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc

  14. Horn(noun)

    a curved projection on the fore part of a plane

  15. Horn(noun)

    one of the projections at the four corners of the Jewish altar of burnt offering

  16. Horn(noun)

    one of the curved ends of a crescent; esp., an extremity or cusp of the moon when crescent-shaped

  17. Horn(noun)

    the curving extremity of the wing of an army or of a squadron drawn up in a crescentlike form

  18. Horn(noun)

    the tough, fibrous material of which true horns are composed, being, in the Ox family, chiefly albuminous, with some phosphate of lime; also, any similar substance, as that which forms the hoof crust of horses, sheep, and cattle; as, a spoon of horn

  19. Horn(noun)

    a symbol of strength, power, glory, exaltation, or pride

  20. Horn(noun)

    an emblem of a cuckold; -- used chiefly in the plural

  21. Horn(verb)

    to furnish with horns; to give the shape of a horn to

  22. Horn(verb)

    to cause to wear horns; to cuckold


  1. Horn

    The horn is a brass instrument made of more than 20 feet of tubing wrapped into a coil with a flared bell. A musician who plays the horn is called a horn player. In informal use, "horn" refers to nearly any wind instrument with a flared exit for the sound. Descended from the natural horn, the instrument is often informally known as the French horn. However, this is technically incorrect since the instrument is not French in origin, but German. Therefore, the International Horn Society has recommended since 1971 that the instrument be simply called the horn. French horn is still the most commonly used name for the instrument in the United States. Pitch is controlled through the adjustment of lip tension in the mouthpiece and the operation of valves by the left hand, which route the air into extra tubing. Most horns have lever-operated rotary valves, but some, especially older horns, use piston valves and the Vienna horn uses double-piston valves, or pumpenvalves. A horn without valves is known as a natural horn, changing pitch along the natural harmonics of the instrument.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. horn

    In naval mine warfare, a projection from the mine shell of some contact mines which, when broken or bent by contact, causes the mine to fire.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. HORN

    A sharp point. HORNET Still sharper.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Horn' in Nouns Frequency: #2135

Translations for Horn

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a hard object which grows (usually in pairs) on the head of a cow, sheep etc

A ram has horns.

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