Definition of althorn in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈaltôrn/


A musical instrument of the saxhorn family, especially the alto or tenor saxhorn in E flat.
Example sentences
  • Many althorn players in the United States are often players whose chief instrument was not originally the althorn.
  • The timbre of the althorns and waldhorns is quite different.
  • After dark the Italian Hall was lighted by sconces in the shape of althorns adorned with ribbons, and by a chandelier of unusual design.


Mid 19th century: from German, from alt 'high' (from Latin altus) + Horn 'horn'.

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Syllabification: alt·horn

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