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claxon

[klak-suh n]
noun
  1. klaxon.
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Origin of claxon

naturalized English spelling

klaxon

or clax·on

[klak-suh n]
noun
  1. a loud electric horn, formerly used on automobiles, trucks, etc., and now often used as a warning signal.
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Origin of klaxon

An Americanism dating back to 1905–10; formerly trademark
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Examples from the Web for claxon

Historical Examples

  • If you'll put Miss Claxon in my hands, I'll see that she's dressed for my dance.

    Ragged Lady, Complete

    William Dean Howells

  • He found the Claxons struggling with a fresh misgiving, which Claxon expressed.

    Ragged Lady, Complete

    William Dean Howells

  • Mrs. Claxon said, "Of cou'se," but Claxon did not assent so readily.

    Ragged Lady, Complete

    William Dean Howells

  • Claxon gave his honesty time to get the better of his optimism.

    Ragged Lady, Complete

    William Dean Howells

  • Know anything of a family named Claxon, down the road, here, a piece?

    Ragged Lady, Complete

    William Dean Howells


British Dictionary definitions for claxon

klaxon

claxon

noun
  1. a type of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles
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Word Origin

C20: former trademark, from the name of the manufacturing company
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Word Origin and History for claxon

klaxon

n.

"loud warning horn," 1908, originally on automobiles, said to have been named for the company that sold them (The Klaxon Company; distributor for Lovell-McConnell Mfg. Co., Newark, N.J.), but probably the company was named for the horn, which bore a word likely based on Greek klazein "to roar," cognate with Latin clangere "to resound."

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