a mythical creature resembling a horse, with a single horn in the center of its forehead: often symbolic of chastity or purity.
a heraldic representation of this animal, in the form of a horse with a lion's tail and with a long, straight, and spirally twisted horn.
Unicorn, Astronomy. the constellation Monoceros.
an animal mentioned in the Bible, Deuteronomy 33:17: now believed by some to be a description of a wild ox or rhinoceros.
a former gold coin of Scotland, first issued by James III in 1486, having an obverse bearing the figure of a unicorn.
Business. a relatively new company, usually less than ten years old, that is valued at $1 billion or more by public or private investors.
a person or thing that is rare and highly valued, or is a hypothetical ideal: Hiring unicorns is expensive, but their productivity can take your enterprise to the next level.Finding jeans that are comfortable and fashionable—that’s my unicorn.
Slang. a bisexual woman who joins an established heterosexual couple in a sexual encounter or relationship.
Idioms about unicorn
chase a / the unicorn, to pursue an unattainable object or impossible goal, especially when diverting effort or resources away from an existing commitment or practical plan.
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How to use unicorn in a sentence
Lee was an early investor in the education technology startup that hit unicorn status last year.‘Don’t wait to be perfect:’ 4 top startup tips from a unicorn’s founder and investor | Beth Kowitt | September 6, 2020 | Fortune
Few other markets are able to fund the listing of so many unicorns.How Tesla led the way for Chinese rival Xpeng’s $1.5 billion IPO | eamonbarrett | August 28, 2020 | Fortune
Cities outside the US are attracting more funding, generating more unicorns, and creating thriving startup ecosystems.The rest of the startup world is catching up to Silicon Valley | Walter Frick | July 17, 2020 | Quartz
Scientists might use the tools of bioengineering to cobble together the traits of a unicorn from other creatures.
So unicorns that evolved from albino horses might not be all that healthy.
One image in the film also stuck in my craw: a shot of a little boy in the audience holding up his white stuffed unicorn.The Stacks: Pauline Kael's Talking Heads Obsession | Pauline Kael | November 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Her very first sculpture, a metallic chrome unicorn aptly titled “Space Oracle,” sits on a pedestal directly in front.
The victory in 1950 over England is precious, but in the way a unicorn might be: to be regarded wide-eyed, and scarcely believed.Stars and Stripes 2, Black Stars 1: Team USA Takes a Win From Ghana | Tunku Varadarajan | June 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Perhaps the name “unicorn” tells you how common it is for women to swing with couples.
Dan worked hard and made a good picture: mountains, timber, blue sky…and in the foreground a blond girl and a unicorn.
There are three there, Bill, with a jolly large blue unicorn and a gold pitchfork on em, which is the old ladys arms.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3) | Charles Dickens
The unicorn lost almost all its officers, and about a hundred and forty men.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
Abel Sneed, the unicorn boss, as a matter of precaution went through their 'war bags' while they slept.David Lannarck, Midget | George S. Harney
At the entrance, there is a glass screen, ornamentally got up and surmounted with a small lion and unicorn design.Our Churches and Chapels | Atticus
He saw that the unicorn was a bull considerably larger than the average.Space Prison | Tom Godwin
British Dictionary definitions for unicorn
an imaginary creature usually depicted as a white horse with one long spiralled horn growing from its forehead
Old Testament a two-horned animal, thought to be either the rhinoceros or the aurochs (Deuteronomy 33:17): mistranslation in the Authorized Version of the original Hebrew
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Cultural definitions for unicorn
A mythical animal resembling a small horse but with a long, straight horn growing out of its forehead. Often it was described as having the legs of a deer and the tail of a lion. Some sources claim it was visible only to virgins.
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