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From Middle English horn, horne, from Old English horn, from Proto-Germanic *hurną (compare West Frisian hoarn, Dutch hoorn, Low German Hoorn, horn, German Horn, Danish and Swedish horn, Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 (haurn)), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-, (compare Breton kern (“horn”), Latin cornū, Ancient Greek κέρας (keras), Old Church Slavonic сръна (srŭna, “roedeer”), Hittite [script?] (surna, “horn”)[script?], Persian sur, Sanskrit शृङ्ग (ṡṛṅga, “horn”)).
- (UK) enPR: hôn, IPA(key): /hɔːn/
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- (US) enPR: hôrn, IPA(key): /hɔɹn/
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- Rhymes: -ɔː(r)n
- (countable) A hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animals, usually paired.
- Any similar real or imaginary growth or projection such as the elongated tusk of a narwhal, the eyestalk of a snail, the pointed growth on the nose of a rhinoceros, or the hornlike projection on the head of a demon or similar.
- An antler.
- (uncountable) 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
- An object whose shape resembles a horn, such as cornucopia, the point of an anvil, or a vessel for gunpowder or liquid.
- The moon / Wears a wan circle round her blunted horns.
- horns of mead and ale
- The high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg.
- (architecture) The Ionic volute.
- (nautical) The outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc.
- (carpentry) A curved projection on the fore part of a plane.
- One of the projections at the four corners of the Jewish altar of burnt offering.
- Bible, 1 Kings ii. 28
- Joab […] caught hold on the horns of the altar
- Bible, 1 Kings ii. 28
- (countable) Any of several musical wind instruments.
- (countable) An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others.
- hunting horn
- (countable) A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle.
- (countable) A conical device used to direct waves.
- antenna horn
- loudspeaker horn
- (informal, countable) Generally, any brass wind instrument.
- (slang, countable, from the horn-shaped earpieces of old communication systems that used air tubes) A telephone.
- (uncountable, vulgar, slang, definite article) An erection of the penis.
- (countable) A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land. "to navigate around the horn."
- (countable) A diacritical mark that may be attached to the top right corner of the letters o and u when writing in Vietnamese, thus forming ơ and ư.
- (botany) An incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found in the flowers of the milkweed (Asclepias).
- When used alone to refer to an instrument, horn can mean either "hunting horn" or "French horn", depending on context. Other instruments are identified by specific adjectives such as "English horn" or "basset horn".
- (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
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From Proto-Germanic *hurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer- (“horn, head, top”). Compare Old Frisian horn (West Frisian hoarn), Old Saxon horn (Low German Hoorn, horn), Dutch hoorn, Old High German horn (German Horn), Old Norse horn (Danish and Swedish horn), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 (haurn).
Old High German
- A horn
- German: Horn
From Proto-Norse ᚺᛟᚱᚾᚨ (horna), from Proto-Germanic *hurną, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer-. Cognates include Old English horn (English horn, Old Frisian horn (West Frisian hoarn), Old Saxon horn (Low German Hoorn, horn), Dutch hoorn, Old High German horn (German Horn), Gothic 𐌷𐌰𐌿𐍂𐌽 (haurn).
- a horn (growth on animals' heads)
- a horn; object shaped from or like an animal's horn, used for drinking, storage or making sounds
- a horn; object that makes a sound, e.g. on a car
- a horn; musical instrument