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Horn may refer to:



  • Natural horn, the ancestor of the modern horn
  • Horn (instrument), often called a "French horn," (cor in French) a brass musical instrument constructed of coiled tubing
  • Alto horn, a brass instrument primarily used in ensembles and brass bands.
  • Horn section of a band or orchestra
  • Blowing horn, winding horn or age-old rudimentary sound device
  • Horn (acoustic), an open-ended tapered sound-guide
  • Horn speaker, a loudspeaker
  • Bullhorn, or Megaphone, a device used to amplify one's voice
  • Bukkehorn, ancient Norwegian musical instrument
  • Train horn, for use on diesel and electric locomotives, as opposed to a steam whistle.
  • Foghorn, navigation aid for mariners
  • Car horn, or Klaxon, also used on trains and ships
  • A Shofar. A ritual horn in the Jewish religion.
  • A Dungchen. A ritual horn used in Tibetan Buddhism.




  • Gjallarhorn, the sounding horn or ringing horn of the god Heimdall, used to announce Ragnarok
  • King Horn, a 13th century Middle English romance story
  • Horn of Gondor, carried by Boromir in the Lord Of The Rings
  • Horn (Chinese constellation), a constellation in Chinese astronomy, known as one of the Eastern mansions of the Azure Dragon
  • Hörn, another name for the goddess Freyja in Norse mythology.


  • Hook 'em Horns is a hand gesture expressing support for the above teams
  • "Horn" is military jargon for a telephone, as in "Get on the horn"
  • "Horns" is a shortened version of Texas Longhorns, the sports teams of the University of Texas in Austin
  • "Devil horns" is a hand gesture, the Corna, with a vulgar meaning in Mediterranean countries, also used in heavy metal
  • "Horned" and variants can mean cuckolded.
  • Horn, a baseball Hat-trick, when a player strikes out six times in one game.


  • Gabriel's horn, is a mathematical figure invented by Evangelista Torricelli
  • Horn clause, a term in formal logic
  • Drinking horn, an ancient drinking vessel
  • Anointing horn, used for the unction at a coronation
  • Horn (diacritic), a diacritic mark used to indicate that a normally rounded vowel such as o or u is to be pronounced unrounded
  • Horn-rimmed glasses
  • Horn, a smoking pipe shaped like a bull's horn or as a bent cone, as described in Sherlock Holmes stories
  • Horn of Plenty, or Cornucopia, also known as the Horn of Amalthea

See also

  • Cornu, the Latin word for horn.
  • Hoorn, city in the Netherlands
  • Horne, disambiguation page
  • Horny, disambiguation page


Up to date as of January 14, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

See also Horn, and hörn




From Old English.




countable and uncountable; plural horns

horn (countable and uncountable; plural horns)

  1. (countable) A hard growth of keratin that protrudes from the top of the head of certain animals.
  2. (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
  3. (countable) Any of several musical wind instruments.
  4. (countable) An instrument resembling a musical horn and used to signal others.
    hunting horn
  5. (countable) A loud alarm, especially one on a motor vehicle.
  6. (countable) A conical device used to direct waves.
    antenna horn
    loudspeaker horn
  7. (informal, countable) Generally, any brass wind instrument.
  8. (slang, countable, from the horn-shaped earpieces of old communication systems that used air tubes) A telephone.
  9. (uncountable, vulgar, slang, definite article) An erection of the penis.
  10. (countable, vulgar, slang, definite article) A peninsula or crescent-shaped tract of land. "to navigate around the horn."

Usage notes


  • (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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Derived terms


to horn

Third person singular

Simple past

Past participle

Present participle

to horn (third-person singular simple present horns, present participle horning, simple past and past participle horned)

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



  • IPA: /hɔrtn/
    Rhymes: -ɔrtn


horn n.

  1. horn (of an animal)
  2. corner
  3. angle
  4. horn (musical instrument)


Derived terms

  • hornafleiða
  • hornamál
  • hornhraði
  • hornhröðun
  • horngráða
  • hornfjarlægð
  • hornmál

Old English


From Proto-Germanic *khurnaz, from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer- (horn, head, top).


horn n.

  1. horn



horn (plural horn, definitive singular hornet, definitive plural hornen)

  1. Horn (growth on animals' heads, substance from which animals' horns are made, musical instrument)

Simple English

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Horn can mean several things:


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