klaxon

klaxon

[klak-suhn]
noun
a loud electric horn, formerly used on automobiles, trucks, etc., and now often used as a warning signal.
Also, claxon.


Origin:
1905–10, Americanism; formerly trademark

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klaxon or claxon (ˈklæksən)
 
n
a type of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles
 
[C20: former trademark, from the name of the manufacturing company]
 
claxon or claxon
 
n
 
[C20: former trademark, from the name of the manufacturing company]

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klaxon
"loud warning horn," 1910, originally of cars, said to have been named for the company that made them, probably based on Gk. klazein "to roar," cognate with L. clangere "to resound."
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