• (British) IPA: /θɔːn/
  • (America) IPA: /θɔɹn/

thorn (plural thorns)

  1. (botany) A sharp protective spine of a plant.
  2. Any shrub or small tree that bears thorns, especially a hawthorn.
    the white thorn
    the cockspur thorn
  3. (figurative) That which pricks or annoys; anything troublesome.
    • Bible, 2 Corinthians xii. 7
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  4. A letter of Latin script (capital: Þ, small: þ), borrowed from the futhark; today used only in Icelandic to represent the voiceless dental fricative, but originally used in several early Germanic scripts, including Old English where it represented the dental fricatives that are today written th (Old English did not have phonemic voicing distinctions for fricatives).
    • See also Etymology of ye (definite article).
Translations Translations
  • French: thorn
  • Russian: торн
  • Spanish: thorn

thorn (thorns, present participle thorning; past and past participle thorned)

  1. To pierce with, or as if with, a thorn
Proper noun
  1. Surname for someone living near a thorn bush.

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