- a wind instrument, originally formed from the hollow horn of an animal but now usually made of brass or other metal or plastic.
- French horn.
- a tube of varying cross section used in some loudspeakers to couple the diaphragm to the sound-transmitting space.
- Slang. a loudspeaker.
Idioms about horn
Origin of horn
OTHER WORDS FROM hornhornish, adjectivehornless, adjectivehorn·less·ness, nounhornlike, adjective
Words nearby horn
How to use horn in a sentence
Another car behind it in line was behaving “obnoxiously,” honking its horn and blasting music, he said.Those Ticketed for Seditious Language Say Their Only Crime Was Talking Back|Kate Nucci|September 9, 2020|Voice of San Diego
Carolina Garcia, 35, director of original series at NetflixMy parents always say, “Toma el toro por las astas,” which means, “Grab the bull by the horns.”The advice that helped this year’s 40 under 40 find their own path|kdunn6|September 3, 2020|Fortune
He took pictures of the lizard and measured the size and shape of its body parts, such as the length of its nose-horn and head.A nose-horned dragon lizard lost to science for over 100 years has been found|Dyna Rochmyaningsih|June 9, 2020|Science News
To transform a horse into a unicorn, you could try adding a horn from a related animal, Paul Knoepfler says.
Researchers have found certain genes that are turned off or on when animals are growing their horns.
So I asked the driver to honk the horn, which he does, and Rod looks over.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Reportedly, George Custer wore a Stetson into Little Big Horn.My Love Letter to the Stetson|Mark McKinnon|December 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A car parked at a red light honked its horn in rhythm with the chant as the crowd passed in front of it.‘They Let Him Off?’ Scenes from NYC in Disbelief|Jacob Siegel|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He told the court he called the retired captain to see exactly where he lived so he knew when to sound the cruise ship horn.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Available at Jonathan Adler Whisky Tumbler Set—Light Horn, $65 This is drinking at its most fashionable.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Angelina Jolie in Your Life|Allison McNearney|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Before the outlaw can comply with this small request the horn sounds again.Physiology of The Opera|John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
Also our six-shooters reposed in their scabbards, the four belts hooked over the horn of MacRae's saddle.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
There's one called ze, on top of a hill shaped almost like a horn; she showed me a picture of it.Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
The second barrel was discharged with no better result, except that a splinter of its horn was knocked off.Hunting the Lions|R.M. Ballantyne
A huge string game-bag was slung over his back, and in an antelope's horn or a crane's bill bullets were carried.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
British Dictionary definitions for horn (1 of 2)
- the constituent substance, mainly keratin, of horns, hooves, etc
- (in combination)horn-rimmed spectacles
- a device for producing a warning or signalling noise
- (in combination)a foghorn
- Also called: acoustic horn, exponential horn a hollow conical device coupled to the diaphragm of a gramophone to control the direction and quality of the sound
- any such device used to spread or focus sound, such as the device attached to an electrical loudspeaker in a public address system
- Also called: horn antenna a microwave aerial, formed by flaring out the end of a waveguide
- to suppress or control one's feelings, esp of anger, enthusiasm, or passion
- to withdraw a previous statement
- to economize
- in a situation involving a choice between two equally unpalatable alternatives
- in an awkward situation
Derived forms of hornhornless, adjectivehornlike, adjective
Word Origin for horn
British Dictionary definitions for horn (2 of 2)
Scientific definitions for horn
Other Idioms and Phrases with horn
In addition to the idioms beginning with horn
- horn in on
- horns of a dilemma, on the
- blow one's own horn
- lock horns
- pull in one's horns
- take the bull by the horns