- The definition of a horn is a structure coming out of an animal's head, or a beeping device on a vehicle.
- An example of a horn is what grows out of a ram's head.
- An example of a horn is what is on a steering wheel to alert other drivers to danger.
Curled horns on a sheep.
- a hard, hollow, bony or keratinous, permanent projection that grows on the head of various hoofed animals, esp. bovid ruminants
- an antler
- anything that protrudes naturally from the head of an animal, as one of the tentacles of a snail, a tuft of feathers on certain birds, etc.
- the projections imagined as growing on the brow of a cuckold
- the substance that horns are made of
- any similar, now often synthetic, substance
- a container made by hollowing out a horn: a powder horn
- a drink contained in a horn
- anything shaped like or suggesting a horn; specif.,
- a peninsula or cape
- either end of a crescent
- the pointed part of an anvil
- ☆ a projection above the pommel of a cowboy's saddle
- an instrument made of horn and sounded by blowing, as the shofar
- any brass instrument; specif., French horn
- ☆ Jazz any wind instrument
- a device with a kind of blaring sound for signaling or warning
- Bible an emblem of glory, strength, or honor
- a horn-shaped speaker
- a horn-shaped antenna
- Geol. a jagged mountain peak resulting from the erosion of several cirques, as the Matterhorn in the Alps
Origin of hornMiddle English ; from Old English akin to German ; from Indo-European base an unverified form er-, upper part of the body, head from source Classical Latin cornu, Classical Greek keras
- to strike, butt, or gore with the horns
- to furnish with horns
- Archaic to cuckold
around the horn☆
blow one's own horn☆
horn in (on)☆
on the horns of a dilemma
pull in one's hornsor draw in one's horns or haul in one's horns
- to hold oneself back; restrain one's impulses or efforts
- to back down; become less dogmatic, positive, zealous, etc.
- One of the hard, usually permanent structures projecting from the head of certain mammals, such as cattle, sheep, goats, or antelopes, consisting of a bony core covered with a sheath of keratinous material.
- A hard protuberance, such as an antler or projection on the head of a giraffe or rhinoceros, that is similar to or suggestive of a horn.
- a. The hard smooth keratinous material forming the outer covering of the horns of cattle or related animals.b. A natural or synthetic substance resembling this material.
- A container, such as a powder horn, made from a horn.
- Something having the shape of a horn, especially:a. A horn of plenty; a cornucopia.b. Either of the ends of a new moon.c. The point of an anvil.d. The pommel of a saddle.e. An ear trumpet.f. A device for projecting sound waves, as in a loudspeaker.g. A hollow, metallic electromagnetic transmission antenna with a circular or rectangular cross section.
- Music a. A wind instrument made of an animal horn.b. A brass instrument, such as a trombone or tuba.c. A French horn.d. A wind instrument, such as a trumpet or saxophone, used in a jazz band.
- a. A usually electrical signaling device that produces a loud resonant sound: an automobile horn.b. Any of various noisemakers operated by blowing or by squeezing a hollow rubber ball.
- Slang A telephone.
intransitive verbhorned, horn·ing, horns
Origin of hornMiddle English, from Old English; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.
top: white rhinoceros and bighorn sheep
(countable and uncountable, plural horns)
- (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.
- 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 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.
- (countable) Any of several musical wind instruments.
- (countable) An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others.
- hunting horn
- (countable) A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle.
- (countable) A conical device used to direct waves.
- antenna horn
- loudspeaker horn
- (informal, 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) A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land. "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).
(third-person singular simple present horns, present participle horning, simple past and past participle horned)
- (of an animal) To assault with the horns
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 (haurn)), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-, (compare Breton kern (“horn”), Latin cornū, Ancient Greek κέρας (keras), Old Church Slavonic сръна (srŭna, “roedeer”), Hittite [script?] (surna, “horn”)[script?], Persian sur, Sanskrit शृङ्ग (ṡṛṅga, “horn”)).
(comparative more Horn, superlative most Horn)
- Of or pertaining to the Horn of Africa