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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"


  1. Horn(n.)

    a body of water shaped like a horn; as, the Golden Horn in Istanbul.

  2. Origin: [AS. horn; akin to D. horen, hoorn, G., Icel., Sw., & Dan. horn, Goth. harn, W., Gael., & Ir. corn, L. cornu, Gr. ke`ras, and perh. also to E. cheer, cranium, cerebral; cf. Skr. iras head. Cf. Carat, Corn on the foot, Cornea, Corner, Cornet, Cornucopia, Hart.]


  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

  23. Origin: [AS. horn; akin to D. horen, hoorn, G., Icel., Sw., & Dan. horn, Goth. harn, W., Gael., & Ir. corn, L. cornu, Gr. ke`ras, and perh. also to E. cheer, cranium, cerebral; cf. Skr. iras head. Cf. Carat, Corn on the foot, Cornea, Corner, Cornet, Cornucopia, Hart.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Horn

    horn, n. the hard substance projecting from the heads of certain animals, as oxen, &c.: something made of or like a horn, as a powder-horn, a drinking-horn: a symbol of strength: (mus.) a hunting-horn: an orchestral wind-instrument of the trumpet class, with a slender twisted brass tube and bell mouth—also distinctively French horn.—v.t. to furnish with horns.—adj. Horned.—ns. Horn′beak, the garfish; Horn′beam, a tree of Europe and America, the hard white wood of which is used by joiners, &c.; Horn′bill, a bird about the size of the turkey, having a horny excrescence on its bill; Horn′book, a first book for children, which formerly consisted of a single leaf set in a frame, with a thin plate of transparent horn in front to preserve it; Horn′-bug, a common North American beetle; Horned′-horse, the gnu; Horned′-owl, Horn′owl, a species of owl, so called from two tufts of feathers on its head, like horns; Horn′er, one who works or deals in horns: a trumpeter.—adj. Horn′-foot′ed, having a hoof or horn on the foot.—ns. Horn′-gate, one of the two gates of Dreams, through which pass those visions that come true, while out of the ivory-gate pass the unreal; Horn′ie, the devil, usually represented with horns; Horn′ing, appearance of the moon when in its crescent form: (U.S.) a mock serenade with tin horns and any discordant instruments by way of showing public disapproval.—adjs. Horn′ish, like horn: hard; Horn′less, without horns.—n. Horn′let, a little horn.—adj. Horn′-mad, mad with rage, as the cuckold at the moment of discovery.—ns. Hornmad′ness (Browning); Horn′-mak′er (Shak.), a cuckold-maker; Horn′-mer′cury, mercurous chloride or calomel; Horn′-sil′ver, silver chloride; Horn′stone, a stone much like flint, but more brittle [horn and stone]; Horn′work (fort.), an outwork having angular points or horns, and composed of two demi-bastions joined by a curtain; Horn′wrack, the sea-mat or lemon-weed.—adjs. Horn′y, like horn: hard: callous; Horn′y-hand′ed, with hands hardened by toil.—Horn of plenty, the symbol of plenty, carried by Ceres in her left arm, filled to overflowing with fruits and flowers (see Cornucopia); Horns of a dilemma (see Dilemma); Horns of the altar, the projections at the four corners of the Hebrew altar, to which the victim was bound when about to be sacrificed.—Letters of horning (Scots law), letters running in the sovereign's name, and passing the signet, instructing messengers-at-arms to charge the debtor to pay, on his failure a caption or warrant for his apprehension being granted; Pull, or Draw, in one's horns, to restrain one's ardour or one's pretensions; Put to the horn (old

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.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. horn

    The arm of a cleat or kevel.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of horn in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of horn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of horn in a Sentence

  1. Charlie Parker:

    Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn.

  2. Desiderius Erasmus:

    They take unbelievable pleasure in the hideous blast of the hunting horn and baying of the hounds. Dogs dung smells sweet as cinnamon to them.

  3. Arndt Ellinghorst:

    VW has its back to the wall, Horn's departure is happening at the most inconvenient time, if such a key figure quits, this will inevitably cause more unrest.

  4. Matthew Markus:

    We can't really control what happens to our horn once it leaves our distribution points. So there is potential that people will take our horn and re-label it as wild horn.

  5. Shauna Saxton:

    I started honking my horn. I started swerving and we got a little ahead of him and then for whatever reason the cars in front of me kind of parted.

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