Meaning of “unicorn” in the English Dictionary

"unicorn" in British English

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unicornnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈjuː.nɪ.kɔːn/ us /ˈjuː.nɪ.kɔːrn/

unicorn noun [ C ] (ANIMAL)

an imaginary white creature like a horse with a single horn growing from the front of its head

unicorn noun [ C ] (BUSINESS)

specialized business, finance & economics a start-up (= new business) whose value is considered to be over $1 billion

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

"unicorn" in American English

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unicornnoun [ C ]

us /ˈju·nɪˌkɔrn/

an imaginary creature like a horse with a single horn growing from the front of its head

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