- a loud electric horn, formerly used on automobiles, trucks, etc., and now often used as a warning signal.
Origin of klaxon
Examples from the Web for klaxon
Historical Examples of klaxon
Before he spoke, Jack pressed the button that actuated the Klaxon.Boy Scouts in Southern Waters
G. Harvey Ralphson
A klaxon was sounding, and warning lights flashed from the landing slot, to warn ships away from an attempted landing.Final Weapon
Everett B. Cole
Among the writers who have established stable reputations for themselves during the War "Klaxon" is in the very front rank.
We'd both run from that spot in the Tenderloin as the klaxon sounded behind us, and we'd both been picked up by the cops.Little Brother
Old Swainson answered on his Klaxon, and then the liner began to move slowly over the glittering water.The Air Pirate
Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
- a type of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles
Word Origin for klaxon
Word Origin and History for klaxon
"loud warning horn," 1908, originally on automobiles, said to have been named for the company that sold them (The Klaxon Company; distributor for Lovell-McConnell Mfg. Co., Newark, N.J.), but probably the company was named for the horn, which bore a word likely based on Greek klazein "to roar," cognate with Latin clangere "to resound."