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Shortened from earlier Quorndon, from Old English cweorndun, from cweorn (millstone; quern) +‎ dun (hill). The fox hunt, the meat substitute[1][2] and the town in Australia are named after the village in Leicestershire.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /kwɔːn/
    Rhymes: -ɔː(r)n
  • (file)

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (with "the") A famous fox hunt (one of the world's oldest, established in 1696) in Leicestershire.
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter XII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
      I've never hunted myself, but I understand that half the battle is being able to make noises like some jungle animal with dyspepsia, and I believe that Aunt Dahlia in her prime could lift fellow-members of the Quorn and Pytchley out of their saddles with a single yip, though separated from them by two ploughed fields and a spinney.
  2. A village (formerly Quorndon) in Leicestershire, England, UK.
  3. A town in South Australia.
  4. A mycoprotein-based food product used as a substitute for meat.
    • 2004, J. L. Clarke, ‎Mary Dougherty Riley, ‎Veronica Dougherty, OCR National Certificate in Health and Social Care: Level 2 (page 384)
      It is now easier for a vegetarian to eat sufficient protein because of products such as Quorn, tofu and textured vegetable protein.
    • 2006 October 20, Julian Dibbell, “The Ultra-Extreme Calorie Restriction Diet Test”, in New York Magazine[1]:
      April brings the main course: a medley of asparagus tips, shiitake mushrooms, and the featured ingredient, an unlikely hybrid of life-giving wholesomeness and bio-industrial hubris known as Quorn.
    • 2011, Rosemary Conley, Rosemary Conley's Amazing Inch Loss Plan, page 257:
      For a vegetarian option, use Quorn pieces instead of prawns.

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ Oxford Dictionary of English (2010), page 1459
  2. ^ Quorn” in Lexico, Dictionary.com; Oxford University Press.