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1 a noisemaker (as at parties or games) that makes a loud noise when you blow through it
2 one of the bony outgrowths on the heads of certain ungulates
3 a noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning;
4 a high pommel of a Western saddle (usually metal covered with leather) [syn: saddle horn]
5 a brass musical instrument with a brilliant tone; has a narrow tube and a flared bell and is played by means of valves [syn: cornet, trumpet, trump]
6 any outgrowth from the head of an organism that resembles a horn
7 the material (mostly keratin) that covers the horns of ungulates and forms hooves and claws and nails
8 an alarm device that makes a loud warning sound
9 a brass musical instrument consisting of a conical tube that is coiled into a spiral and played by means of valves [syn: French horn]
10 a device on an automobile for making a warning noise [syn: automobile horn, car horn, motor horn, hooter] v : stab or pierce with a horn or tusk; "the rhino horned the explorer" [syn: tusk]

User Contributed Dictionary




  • (RP): , /hɔːn/, /hO:n/
  • (US): , /hɔːrn/, /hO:rn/
  • Rhymes with: -ɔː(r)n


  1. A hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animals.
  2. The hard substance from which animals' horns are made, sometimes used by man as a material for making various objects.
    an umbrella with a handle made of horn
  3. Any of several musical wind instruments.
  4. An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others.
    hunting horn
  5. A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle.
  6. A conical device used to direct waves.
    antenna horn
    loudspeaker horn
  7. In the context of "informal|countable": Generally, any brass wind instrument.
  8. A telephone.
  9. In the context of "uncountable|coarse|slang|definite article": An erection of the penis.
  10. In the context of "countable|coarse|slang|definite article": A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land. "to navigate around the horn."

Usage notes


  • (growth on the heads of certain animals):
  • (hard substance from which horns are made): keratin
  • (any of several musical wind instruments):
  • (instrument used to signal others):
  • (loud alarm, especially on a motor vehicle): hooter, klaxon
  • (conical device used to direct waves): funnel
  • (informal: generally, any brass wind instrument):
  • (slang: telephone): blower (UK), dog and bone (Cockney rhyming slang), phone
  • (coarse slang: erection): boner (US), hard-on, stiffy


growth on the heads of certain animals
hard substance from which horns are made
any of several musical wind instruments
  • Czech: roh
  • Dutch: horen
  • Finnish: torvi
  • French: cor
  • German: Waldhorn (French horn), Horn
  • Greek: κέρας (keras) , κόρνο (korno) , (French horn) γαλλικό κόρνο (galiko korno)
  • Hungarian: kürt
  • Italian: corno
  • Polish: tuba
  • Russian: рожок
  • Slovene: rog
  • Spanish: viento
  • Swedish: horn
  • Telugu: బూర (boora)
instrument used to signal others
  • Dutch: hoorn
  • German: Jagdhorn (hunting horn), Horn
  • Greek: κέρας
  • Italian: corno
  • Persian: (boogh)
  • Russian: гудок (gudók)
loud alarm, especially on a motor vehicle
conical device used to direct waves
  • Dutch: horen
  • German: Horn, Trichter
informal: generally, any brass wind instrument
  • Bulgarian: рог
  • German: Blech
slang: telephone
  • Bulgarian: телефон
  • German: Muschel
coarse slang: erection




  1. horn (of an animal)
  2. corner
  3. angle
  4. horn (musical instrument)

Derived terms

Old English


From , from .





horn (plural horn, definitive singular hornet, definitive plural hornen)
  1. Horn (growth on animals' heads, substance from which animals' horns are made, musical instrument)

Extensive Definition

Horn may refer to:
In music and sound
In geography
In science
In fiction and mythology
  • Gjallarhorn, the sounding horn or ringing horn of the god Heimdall, used to announce Ragnarok
  • King Horn, a 13th century Middle English romance story.
  • Horn of Gondor carried by Boromir in the Lord Of The Rings
  • Horn (Chinese constellation), a constellation in Chinese astronomy, known as one of the Eastern mansions of the Azure Dragon
  • Hörn, another name for the goddess Freyja in Norse mythology.
In slang usage
  • Hook 'em Horns is a hand gesture expressing support for the above teams
  • "Horn" is military jargon for a telephone, as in "Get on the horn"
  • "Horns" is a shortened version of Texas Longhorns, the sports teams of the University of Texas in Austin
  • "Devil horns" is a hand gesture, the Corna, with a vulgar meaning in Mediterranean countries, also used in heavy metal
  • "Horned" and variants can mean cuckolded.
  • Horn, a baseball Hat-trick, when a player strikes out six times in one game.
In other uses

See also

  • Hoorn, city in the Netherlands
  • Horne, disambiguation page
  • Horny, disambiguation page
  • Corne, French word for horn
horn in Bosnian: Rog (čvor)
horn in Breton: Korn (digejañ)
horn in Danish: Horn
horn in German: Horn (Begriffsklärung)
horn in Spanish: Cuerno (desambiguación)
horn in Esperanto: Korno
horn in Basque: Adar
horn in French: Horn
horn in Croatian: Rog (razdvojba)
horn in Lithuanian: Ragas (reikšmės)
horn in Dutch: Horn
horn in Japanese: ホーン
horn in Norwegian: Horn
horn in Slovak: Horn
horn in Finnish: Horn
horn in Volapük: Horn

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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