American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A curved wooden horn, sometimes as long as 6 meters (approximately 20 feet), used by herders in the Alps to call cows to pasture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A long, powerful horn, curving up and widening toward its extremity, formerly used on the Alps to convey signals and to sound the charge in battle, but now employed only by cowherds. Also called alp-horn.
- n. alternative spelling of alphorn.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A curved wooden horn about three feet long, with a cupped mouthpiece and a bell, used by the Swiss to sound the
ranz des vachesand other melodies. Its notes are open harmonics of the tube.
- German : Alpen, Alps + Horn, horn (from Middle High German, from Old High German. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“An alpenhorn-blowing sheep, made out of fun foam and cotton wool, dangled over one of the worktables.”
“The singing is accompanied by the blowing of an alpenhorn -- a long, curved wooden wind instrument with a distinctive, booming sound that was used by Swiss herders to call their cows from the pastures.”
“Being in the political centre of power is like being handed a crack pipe the size of an alpenhorn.”
“On the last day of the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, attendees gather for lunch on the hotel's terrace, serenaded by alpenhorn.”
“Globokar's solo piece for alpenhorn and lit cigar.”
“Warren Buffett's only luxury, his 500 foot long hydrogen-powered alpenhorn?”
“On Sunday, May 9, Studio Cantilena will play a Mother¹s Day program with Renaissance dances for a recorder ensemble, medieval two-part songs to the Virgin Mother and old Gregorian chants accompanied by crowth (an old Welsh fiddle), Tibetan singing bowls, and alpenhorn.”
“Nicholson Baker, the lofty author of The Mezzanine, called it "an alpenhorn blast of post-Gutenbergian revalorisation".”
“It's the standard stop for busloads of visiting tourists and conventioneers, and tonight it's crammed with doctors dunking bread in pots of cheese and lining up for a chance to press their lips against the soggy mouthpiece of the 12-foot alpenhorn propped across the stage.”
“As a small child enjoying the summer freshness in Csikszereda (Rumanian: Miercurea-Ciuc) in the Transylvanian mountains, he listened to the bucium, the Romanian alpenhorn.”
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