Translation of horn in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /hɔːrn; hɔːn/


  • 1 [Zoology/Zoología] 1.1 c and u (of animal) cuerno (masculine), asta (feminine (with masculine article in the singular)), cacho (masculine) (South America/América del Sur) , guampa (feminine) (Southern Cone/Cono Sur) the horn of plenty el cuerno de la abundancia on the horns of a dilemma entre la espada y la pared she's caught on the horns of a dilemma está entre la espada y la pared his questions put me on the horns of a dilemma sus preguntas me pusieron entre la espada y la pared to lock horns with sb (come into conflict) chocar* con algn, tener* un encontronazo con algn [colloquial/familiar] (before noun/delante del nombre) [button/handle] de asta, de guampa (Southern Cone/Cono Sur)
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    • At the end of these two cows' horns are attached, and to the horns two large goat skin bellows, one each side of the furnace.
    • It is like looking at a pair of cattle horns, is it not?
    • At the town's market, I had discovered the magnificent horns of a blue sheep while examining wildlife body parts being offered for sale.
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    • In Yemen, for example, rhino horn is carved into handles used in daggers called jambiyas.
    • Throw a tax cut their way, the argument goes, and like lovers haplessly lost to the aphrodisiacal effects of ground rhino horn, they'll be putty in your hands.
    • To date we've examined over 1,000 rhino horn pills; we've never found a real one.
    1.2 countable/numerable (of snail) cuerno (masculine) to draw in one's horns (become cautious) recoger* velas (economize) apretarse* el cinturón [colloquial/familiar]
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    • Many living animals have horns or hornlike organs; the list includes antelope, deer, chameleons, birds, and even ants.
    • And I don't want to cut off the horns of a black snail.
    • The creature within is like a huge snail with horns tipped by bright golden eyes.
  • 2 countable/numerable [Music/Música] 2.1 (wind instrument) cuerno (masculine) a hunting horn un cuerno or un corno or una trompa de caza 2.2
    (French horn)
    trompa (feminine)
    2.3 (in jazz) [slang/argot][ cualquier instrumento metálico de viento ]
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    • What You Want is a sweet love song, with some lazy Burt Bacharach style horns floating over the melody.
    • It was easy for Buddy to copy the horn riffs on the songs on his guitar.
    • The horns front a rhythm section that includes three percussionists armed with congas and bata drums, with no piano or guitar in the middle to mediate.
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    • Around the clock, the coaches galloped down the towns' high streets with long brass horns blowing to warn pedestrians.
    • Suddenly she turned and vanished from the parapet; and all the time the sentry upon the wall blew out the long note from his brass horn.
    • It's the King coming and the sound of those who herald him with horns of brass pressed to their mouths.
  • 3 countable/numerable [Cars/Automovilismo] claxon (masculine), bocina (feminine); [Nautical/Náutica] sirena (feminine)
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    • Car drivers use their horns to signal their support.
    • In Beijing the sounding of car horns is the exception, rather than the rule while Shanghainese seem to hardly ever take their hand off the klaxon button.
    • In the third frame, the two clubs combined for four goals before the horn sounded to signal the end of the game.

Phrasal verbs

horn in

verb + adverb (+ preposition + object)/verbo + adverbio (+ preposición + complemento)
[colloquial/familiar] meterse she always horns in on any successful deals we do cuando los negocios nos salen bien, ella siempre quiere sacar tajada [colloquial/familiar]

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