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post horn

  1. a straight or coiled copper or brass horn with no valves or slide, originally used to announce mail coaches.
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Origin of post horn

First recorded in 1665–75
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Historical Examples

  • The post-horn sounded in the empty street; they rolled away—it was at daybreak.

    O. T.

    Hans Christian Andersen

  • Be ready to-morrow morning when you hear the post-horn sound.

  • It was the post-horn which sounded the note of Felix Kaulmann's departure.

  • In the distance a post-horn endowed the air with silver tongues.

    The Passionate Elopement

    Compton Mackenzie

  • Meanwhile a pleasant interruption occurs in the post-horn winding loud and clear along the settlement.

British Dictionary definitions for post horn

post horn

  1. a simple valveless natural horn consisting of a long tube of brass or copper, either straight or coiled; formerly often used to announce the arrival of a mailcoach
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