hunting horn


noun Music.

the earliest form of the modern horn, consisting of a conical tube coiled in a circle for carrying over the shoulder, and having a flaring bell and a trumpetlike mouthpiece.

Origin of hunting horn

First recorded in 1685–95 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for hunting horn

Historical Examples of hunting horn

  • "Who then—" The blast of a hunting-horn interrupted this conversation.

    The Man in the Iron Mask

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

  • What Raleigh mistook for a hunting-horn was the stiff tail of the armadillo.


    Edmund Gosse

  • Ah, could it be the hunting-horn of which Lavarcam had spoken in her tales of chase?

    Celtic Tales

    Louey Chisholm

  • Vincennes bears a hunting-horn; Vienna, a V closed and barred.

    Cousin Pons

    Honore de Balzac

  • It should likely be a silver trumpet or a hunting-horn of gold!

    Three Wonder Plays

    Lady I. A. Gregory

British Dictionary definitions for hunting horn

hunting horn


a long straight metal tube with a flared end and a cylindrical bore, used in giving signals in huntingSee horn (def. 9)
an obsolete brass instrument from which the modern French horn was developed
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