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Definition of Horn


  1. A hard, projecting, and usually pointed organ, growing upon the heads of certain animals, esp. of the ruminants, as cattle, goats, and the like. The hollow horns of the Ox family consist externally of true horn, and are never shed.
  2. The antler of a deer, which is of bone throughout, and annually shed and renewed.
  3. Any natural projection or excrescence from an animal, resembling or thought to resemble a horn in substance or form; esp.: (a) A projection from the beak of a bird, as in the hornbill. (b) A tuft of feathers on the head of a bird, as in the horned owl. (c) A hornlike projection from the head or thorax of an insect, or the head of a reptile, or fish. (d) A sharp spine in front of the fins of a fish, as in the horned pout.
  4. An incurved, tapering and pointed appendage found in the flowers of the milkweed (Asclepias).
  5. Something made of a horn, or in resemblance of a horn
  6. A wind instrument of music; originally, one made of a horn (of an ox or a ram); now applied to various elaborately wrought instruments of brass or other metal, resembling a horn in shape.
  7. A drinking cup, or beaker, as having been originally made of the horns of cattle.
  8. The cornucopia, or horn of plenty.
  9. A vessel made of a horn; esp., one designed for containing powder; anciently, a small vessel for carrying liquids.
  10. The pointed beak of an anvil.
  11. The high pommel of a saddle; also, either of the projections on a lady's saddle for supporting the leg.
  12. The Ionic volute.
  13. The outer end of a crosstree; also, one of the projections forming the jaws of a gaff, boom, etc.
  14. A curved projection on the fore part of a plane.
  15. One of the projections at the four corners of the Jewish altar of burnt offering.
  16. One of the curved ends of a crescent; esp., an extremity or cusp of the moon when crescent-shaped.
  17. The curving extremity of the wing of an army or of a squadron drawn up in a crescentlike form.
  18. The tough, fibrous material of which true horns are composed, being, in the Ox family, chiefly albuminous, with some phosphate of lime; also, any similar substance, as that which forms the hoof crust of horses, sheep, and cattle; as, a spoon of horn.
  19. A symbol of strength, power, glory, exaltation, or pride.
  20. An emblem of a cuckold; -- used chiefly in the plural.
  21. To furnish with horns; to give the shape of a horn to.
  22. To cause to wear horns; to cuckold.

Horn Quotations

Not to toot our own horn, but when 'The Sopranos' was on, it was as good as any movie that was coming out in the theater. I think that goes for a lot of shows today.
Michael Imperioli

Music is your own experience, your own thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. They teach you there's a boundary line to music. But, man, there's no boundary line to art.
Charlie Parker

I had a really good time in New Orleans, although I had some very tragic times in Baton Rouge. Some guys beat me up and threw my horn away. 'Cause I had a beard, then, and long hair like the Beatles.
Ornette Coleman

Build your self-esteem by recalling all the ways you have succeeded, and your brain will be filled with images of you making your achievements happen again and again. Give yourself permission to toot your own horn, and don't wait for anyone to praise you.
Jack Canfield

Get someone else to blow your horn and the sound will carry twice as far.
Will Rogers
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Horn Translations

horn in Danish is signalhorn, horn
horn in Dutch is hoorn
horn in French is corne, avertisseur
horn in German is Horn
horn in Hungarian is Horn-fok
horn in Italian is cornetta
horn in Latin is cornu
horn in Norwegian is horn
horn in Portuguese is chifre
horn in Spanish is cuerno, trompa
horn in Swedish is horn, lur
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