Meaning of althorn in English:


Pronunciation /ˈalt(h)ɔːn/


  • A musical instrument of the saxhorn family, especially the alto or tenor saxhorn in E flat.

    ‘Many althorn players in the United States are often players whose chief instrument was not originally the althorn.’
    • ‘The timbre of the althorns and waldhorns is quite different.’
    • ‘After dark the Italian Hall was lighted by sconces in the shape of althorns adorned with ribbons, and by a chandelier of unusual design.’
    • ‘Our compound consists of trumpets/cornets, percussion-instruments, saxophones, a few trombones, althorns, one clarinet, euphoniums/barytons and some tubas.’
    • ‘Heard on the fundamentally different, narrow-bored period cornets, althorn, saxhorn etc (all the Wallace Collection's early instruments are described in detail for cognoscenti) they come up fresh and lucid.’


Mid 19th century from German, from alt ‘high’ (from Latin altus) + Horn ‘horn’.