What does unicorn mean?

Definitions for unicorn
ˈyu nɪˌkɔrnuni·corn

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unicorn(noun)

    an imaginary creature represented as a white horse with a long horn growing from its forehead


  1. unicorn(Noun)

    A mythical beast traditionally represented as having the legs of a buck, the body of a horse, the tail of a lion with a single spiral horn on its head; a symbol of virginity.

  2. unicorn(Noun)

    A heraldic representation of such a beast used as a charge or as a supporter; as in the arms of Great Britain and of Scotland.

  3. unicorn(Noun)

    In various Bible translations, used to render the Latin unicornis or rhinoceros (representing Hebrew u05E8u05D0u05DD); a reem or wild ox.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unicorn(noun)

    a fabulous animal with one horn; the monoceros; -- often represented in heraldry as a supporter

  2. Unicorn(noun)

    a two-horned animal of some unknown kind, so called in the Authorized Version of the Scriptures

  3. Unicorn(noun)

    any large beetle having a hornlike prominence on the head or prothorax

  4. Unicorn(noun)

    the larva of a unicorn moth

  5. Unicorn(noun)

    the kamichi; -- called also unicorn bird

  6. Unicorn(noun)

    a howitzer


  1. Unicorn

    The unicorn is a legendary animal from European folklore that resembles a white horse with a large, pointed, spiraling horn projecting from its forehead, and sometimes a goat's beard and cloven hooves. First mentioned by the ancient Greeks, it became the most important imaginary animal of the Middle Ages and Renaissance when it was commonly described as an extremely wild woodland creature, a symbol of purity and grace, which could only be captured by a virgin. In the encyclopedias its horn was said to have the power to render poisoned water potable and to heal sickness.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unicorn

    ū′ni-korn, n. a fabulous animal mentioned by ancient Greek and Roman authors as a native of India, with a body like that of a horse and one straight horn on the forehead: (B.) an unfortunate translation of the Hebrew reêm, Assyr. rímu, anticipated by the monokerōs of the Septuagint—variously understood as the rhinoceros, the urus, the wild ox, ox-antelope. [L. unus, one, cornu, a horn.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Unicorn

    a fabulous animal like a horse, with a cubit and a half long horn on the forehead; was adopted by James I. as the symbol of Scotland on the royal arms; is in Christian art a symbol of the incarnation, and an emblem of female chastity.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. unicorn

    The old name for the howitzer, as improved from the licorn, borrowed from the Turks during the last century by the Russians, and from the latter by Europe generally.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. unicorn

    (Lat. unum cornu, “one horn”). An animal, probably fabulous, mentioned by ancient Grecian and Roman authors as a native of India, and described as being of the size of a horse, or larger, the body resembling that of a horse, and with one horn of a cubit and a half or two cubits long on the forehead, the horn straight, its base white, the middle black, the tip red. The body of the animal was also said to be white, its head red, its eyes blue. It was said to be so swift that no horse could overtake it. The unicorn is perhaps best known as a heraldic charge or supporter. Two unicorns were borne as supporters of the Scottish royal arms for about a century before the union of the crowns; and the sinister supporter of the insignia of the United Kingdom is a unicorn argent, armed crined, and unguled or, gorged with a coronet composed of crosses patée and fleurs-de-lis, with a chain affixed, passing between the fore legs, and reflexed over the back, of the last.

  2. unicorn

    The old name for the howitzer, as improved from the licorn, borrowed from the Turks during the last century by the Russians, and from the latter by Europe generally.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unicorn in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unicorn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of unicorn in a Sentence

  1. Benny Hill:

    Never play leapfrog with a unicorn.

  2. Anna Peng:

    They're like phoenix feathers and unicorn horns.

  3. Taron Egerton:

    That movie is a unicorn, our movie is a different animal.

  4. Chris Bulger:

    The IPO buyers have very healthy skepticism about unicorn valuations.

  5. Mary Figueras:

    I think a lot of people have gotten very tired of the rhetoric and the promises and the pie in the sky, unicorn flying over the rainbow.

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