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American English: /hɔrn/
British English: /hɔːn/

Translation of horn in Spanish:


  • 1 (Zoology) 1.1 countable and uncountable (of animal) 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 somebody (come into conflict)
    chocar con alguien
    tener un encontronazo con alguien [colloquial]
    (before noun) (button/handle)
    de asta
    de guampa (Southern Cone)
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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 (of snail) to draw in one's horns
    (become cautious) recoger velas
    (economize) apretarse el cinturón [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • 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 (Music) 2.1 (wind instrument) a hunting horn
    un cuerno or un corno or una trompa de caza
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    also: French horn
    Example sentences
    • The encore - Le Basque - by Marin Marais, arranged for horn and piano is an absolute charmer.
    • During the summer months, she plays co-principal horn and is a featured soloist with the Capitol City Band.
    • The brass section of an orchestra typically consists of trumpets, horns, trombones, and tubas.
    2.3 (in jazz) [slang]
    (cualquier instrumento metálico de viento)
    Example sentences
    • 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.

Phrasal verbs

horn in

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