see also: Horn
Pronunciation Noun


  1. (countable) A hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animals, usually paired.
  2. 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.
  3. An antler.
  4. (uncountable) The hard substance from which animals' horns are made, sometimes used by man as a material for making various objects.
    Synonyms: keratin
    an umbrella with a handle made of horn
  5. An object whose shape resembles a horn, such as cornucopia, the point of an anvil, or a vessel for gunpowder or liquid.
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    1. The high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg.
    2. (architecture) The Ionic volute.
    3. (nautical) The outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc.
    4. (carpentry) A curved projection on the fore part of a plane.
    5. One of the projections at the four corners of the Jewish altar of burnt offering.
      • Bible, 1 Kings ii. 28
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  6. (countable) Any of several musical wind instruments.
  7. (countable, musical instrument) An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others.
    hunting horn
  8. (countable, automotive) A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle.
    Synonyms: hooter, klaxon
  9. (chiefly, sports) A sound signaling the expiration of time.
    The shot was after the horn and therefore did not count.
  10. (countable) A conical device used to direct waves.
    Synonyms: funnel
    antenna horn
    loudspeaker horn
  11. (informal, musical instrument, countable) Generally, any brass wind instrument.
  12. (slang, countable, from the horn-shaped earpieces of old communication systems that used air tubes) A telephone.
    Synonyms: blower (UK), dog and bone (Cockney rhyming slang), phone
    Get him on the horn so that we can have a discussion about this.
  13. (uncountable, coarse, slang, definite article) An erection of the penis.
    Synonyms: boner (US), hard-on, stiffy
  14. (countable, geography) A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land.
    Synonyms: peninsula
    to navigate around the horn
  15. (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.
  16. (botany) An incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found in the flowers of the milkweed (Asclepias).
Translations Translations
  • Russian: рог
  • Spanish: cuerno
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  • Russian: рог
  • Spanish: cuerno
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horn (horns, present participle horning; past and past participle horned)

  1. (transitive, of an animal) To assault with the horns.
  2. (transitive) To furnish with horns.
  3. (transitive, slang, obsolete) To cuckold.

Proper noun
  1. Cape Horn, at the southern tip of South America.
    Sailing around the Horn was an arduous journey for sailing ships.
  2. The Horn of Africa, a peninsula of Africa which juts into the Arabian Sea.
    • 1978, War in the Horn of Africa, report of the United States Fact-Finding Mission to Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya, page 4:
      At the same time, it would be erroneous to exaggerate U.S. interests, to overreact to political developments in the Horn, or to adopt imprudent policies based on emotional reactions to Soviet and Cuban involvement.
    • 1998, John Markakis, Resource conflict in the Horn of Africa, page 185:
      […] countries fail to explore the possibilities of producing other crops of high value and demand in the Horn or elsewhere.

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