- 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.
verb (used with object)
Origin of horn
Related Words for hornsnout, beak, buzzer, signal, cry, alert, whistle, warning, caution, beaker, jug, vial, urn, chalice, decanter, canteen, carafe, smack, collide, shove
Examples from the Web for horn
Contemporary Examples of horn
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
January 3, 2015
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
December 4, 2014
As cars approached a group of about 20 men and women, a cry went out: “Honk your horn!”Ferguson Protesters Harass Black Police, Call for Darren Wilson’s Death
November 21, 2014
His multinote improvisations were so thick and complex they were almost flowing out of the horn by themselves.The Stacks: John Coltrane’s Mighty Musical Quest
October 18, 2014
In the Horn of Africa, the U.S. military has long eschewed the use of drones in favor of manned aircraft for operational reasons.Why Drones Don’t Cut It in Syria
September 24, 2014
Historical Examples of horn
The horn will resound in welcome, the drawbridge will be lowered for us.The Dream
If the hunter fires then, over the horn, he will strike the beast's backbone.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The Coromandel was bound to Cadiz, and thence round the Horn.
The passage was a fine one, as we doubled the Horn at midsummer.
There had been no indication in von Horn's attitude toward the girl that he loved her.The Monster Men
Edgar Rice Burroughs
- 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 horna 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 antennaa 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
Word Origin for horn
Old English horn "horn of an animal," also "wind instrument" (originally made from animal horns), from Proto-Germanic *hurnaz (cf. German Horn, Dutch horen, Gothic haurn), from PIE *ker- "horn; head, uppermost part of the body," with derivatives refering to horned animals, horn-shaped objects and projecting parts (cf. Greek karnon "horn," Latin cornu "horn," Sanskrit srngam "horn," Persian sar "head," Avestan sarah- "head," Greek koryphe "head," Latin cervus "deer," Welsh carw "deer"). Reference to car horns is first recorded 1901. Figurative senses of Latin cornu included "salient point, chief argument; wing, flank; power, courage, strength." Jazz slang sense of "trumpet" is by 1921. Meaning "telephone" is by 1945.
1690s, "to furnish with horns," from horn (n.). Earlier in figurative sense of "to cuckold" (1540s). Meaning "to push with the horns" (of cattle, buffalo, etc.) is from 1851, American English; phrase horn in "intrude" is by 1880, American English, originally cowboy slang.
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