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French horn

  1. a musical brass wind instrument with a long, coiled tube having a conical bore and a flaring bell.
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Origin of French horn

First recorded in 1735–45
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Historical Examples of french horn

  • He then came home, talked eternally, and played upon the French-horn.

    The Works of Edgar Allan Poe

    Edgar Allan Poe

  • A horrible screaming fiddle, a grumbling violoncello, and a deafening French-horn, composed the band.

    Letters from Spain

    Joseph Blanco White

  • The two old French-horn players were lying at the door soaking in the rain, but also asleep.

British Dictionary definitions for french horn

French horn

  1. music a valved brass instrument with a funnel-shaped mouthpiece and a tube of conical bore coiled into a spiral. It is a transposing instrument in F. Range: about three and a half octaves upwards from B on the second leger line below the bass staffSee horn
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french horn in Culture

French horn

A mellow-sounding brass instrument, pitched lower than a trumpet and higher than a tuba.

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