A tribe from western Asia who conquered much of central and eastern Europe during the fifth century. The Huns were known for their cruelty and destructiveness.

Notes for Huns

The British frequently referred to German soldiers as “Huns” during World War I and World War II as a way of emphasizing their supposed brutality.

Words Nearby Huns

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How to use Huns in a sentence

  • This may be so, for when the Magyars conquered the country in the eleventh century they found the Huns settled in it.

    Dracula | Bram Stoker
  • They have been sheltering refugees from every nation that has been devastated and overrun by the mad Huns.

    Private Peat | Harold R. Peat