Meaning of “French horn” in the English Dictionary


"French horn" in English

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French hornnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌfrentʃ ˈhɔːn/ us /ˌfrentʃ ˈhɔːrn/

Examples from literature

  • Here a female now and then entertains the company with a solo on the French horn. 
  • In that time we had a neighbour in the same court who taught the French horn. 
  • Moreover, he was a musician, and before the war had played the French horn in the town band. 
  • The French horn is the most important brass instrument in modern music. 
  • The rumbling of carriages, and the rattling of horses' feet on the pavement, was intermingled with loud shouts, and the noise of fiddle, French horn, and bagpipe. 

(Definition of “French horn” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"French horn" in American English

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French hornnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈfrentʃ ˈhɔrn/

a brass musical instrument shaped in a circle, with keys that are pressed to vary the notes and played by blowing into it, or this type of instrument generally; a horn

(Definition of “French horn” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)