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claxon

[klak-suh n] /ˈklæk sən/
noun
1.
Origin of claxon
naturalized English spelling

klaxon

or claxon

[klak-suh n] /ˈklæk sən/
noun
1.
a loud electric horn, formerly used on automobiles, trucks, etc., and now often used as a warning signal.
Origin
1905-10, Americanism; formerly trademark
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  • Mrs. claxon said, "Of cou'se," but claxon did not assent so readily.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • If you'll put Miss claxon in my hands, I'll see that she's dressed for my dance.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • Faint above the incessant throbbing of explosions, the sound of a claxon horn.

    One Man's Initiation--1917 John Dos Passos
  • Miss claxon, don't you understand that if no will turns up, they come in for all her money.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • claxon gave his honesty time to get the better of his optimism.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • Know anything of a family named claxon, down the road, here, a piece?

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • He found the claxons struggling with a fresh misgiving, which claxon expressed.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
  • Someone stood in the doorway blowing a shrill whistle, then there was again the clamour of a claxon near at hand.

    One Man's Initiation--1917 John Dos Passos
  • The claxon sounded stridently, and the inflectionless voice of the robopilot said: "Sixty seconds."

    Attrition Jim Wannamaker
  • claxon wished to put the finishing touches on the house himself, and he was willing to suspend more profitable labors to do so.

    Ragged Lady, Complete William Dean Howells
British Dictionary definitions for claxon

klaxon

/ˈklæksən/
noun
1.
a type of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles
Word Origin
C20: former trademark, from the name of the manufacturing company
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Word Origin and History for claxon

klaxon

n.

"loud warning horn," 1908, originally on automobiles, said to have been named for the company that sold them (The Klaxon Company; distributor for Lovell-McConnell Mfg. Co., Newark, N.J.), but probably the company was named for the horn, which bore a word likely based on Greek klazein "to roar," cognate with Latin clangere "to resound."

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