From the trademark Klaxon, based on Ancient Greek κλάζω (klázō, “make a sharp sound; scream”) (from Proto-Indo-European *glag- (“to make a noise, clap, twitter”), from *gal- (“to roop, scream, shout”)). The word was coined by Franklyn Hallett Lovell Jr., the founder of the Lovell-McConnell Manufacturing Co. of Newark, New Jersey, USA, which in 1908 obtained a licence of the patent to the machine generating the sound from American inventor Miller Reese Hutchison (1876–1944).
- (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈklæks(ə)n/
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- Rhymes: -æksən
- Hyphenation: klax‧on
klaxon (plural klaxons)
- A loud electric alarm or horn. [from 1908]
- 1922, Michael Arlen, “3/5/1”, in “Piracy”: A Romantic Chronicle of These Days, London: W. Collins Sons & Co., OCLC 23842407, OL 1519647W; republished London: W. Collins Sons & Co., 1925, OCLC 843751126, page 188:
- And she went so swiftly that he could only follow her to the door. The large shape of the car swallowed her up; and the car twisted softly around the little drive and away to the London road. Minutes later he heard its Klaxon, just one sharp keen, like the harsh cry of a sea-bird. …
- 1940 October 21, Ernest Hemingway, chapter 42, in For Whom the Bell Tolls, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner's Sons, OCLC 671275282; republished London: Jonathan Cape, Thirty Bedford Square, 1949 (13th printing), OCLC 805418810, page 386:
- There was a motor car behind them now and it blasted into the truck noise and the dust with its klaxon again and again; then flashed on lights that showed the dust like a solid yellow cloud and surged past them in a whining rise of gears and a demanding, threatening, bludgeoning of klaxoning.
- 1962 September, James Jones, chapter 2, in The Thin Red Line, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner's Sons, OCLC 750522312, page 73:
- They could hear a lot more than they could see. But what they heard told them exactly nothing. There were the klaxons, which kept up their long, monotonous, insane growling protest all through the raid.
- 2010 November, Brad R. Torgersen, “Outbound”, in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, volume CXXX, number 11, Norwalk, Conn.: Dell Magazines, ISSN 1059-2113, OCLC 657814007, page 84; reprinted as “Outbound”, in Stanley Schmidt, editor, Into the New Millennium: Trailblazing Tales from Analog Science Fiction and Fact, 2000–2010, Norwalk, Conn.: Penny Publications, 2011, →ISBN, column 1:
- Irenka was up front using the lavatory when the lights in the cabin went red and the klaxon sounded over the speakers.
- (intransitive) To produce a loud, siren-like wail.
- 2005 January, John Shirley, chapter 16, in Constantine: A Novelization [...] Based on Characters from the DC Comics/Vertigo Hellblazer Graphic Novels, Pocket Books paperback edition, New York, N.Y.: Pocket Star Books, Pocket Books, →ISBN, page 252:
- Suffering. It was like a great discordant symphony ringing out from the world; like a klaxoning of a million million cracked bells.
- 2015 December, A. Merc Rustad, “Tomorrow When We See the Sun”, in John Joseph Adams, editor, Lightspeed, number 67, archived from the original on 15 August 2017, section II; reprinted in John Joseph Adams, editor, Cosmic Powers: The Saga Anthology of Far-away Galaxies, New York, N.Y.: Saga Press, Simon & Schuster, 2017, →ISBN, pages 187–188:
- Century stops before an eel-ship, coiled in jewel-skinned splendor. Its great eye-ports are open, and Century signals with a hand; the eel extends a proboscis lined with diamond mesh and graphene plates like a ramp. Century leads Mere into the eel's body. Alarms klaxon in Mere's head—its escape is known.
- klaxoning (noun)
klaxon m (plural klaxons)
- horn (of car)
- “klaxon” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).
klaxon m (plural klaxons)