from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun a kind of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles.

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  • noun A loud electric horn or alarm.

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  • noun a kind of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles


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  • Is this the old car horn that sounds like 'aOOOOOOga'? How awesome, I never knew it had a name!

    February 5, 2007

  • I had the delightful experience of hearing a bunch of klaxons while watching a parade this morning.

    December 2, 2007

  • Haha! Must have been a great parade!

    December 2, 2007

  • In the band world there is a march written by Henry Fillmore called "The Klaxon." It was written for an auto show.

    June 12, 2008

  • From "Au Tombeau de Charles Fourier" by Guy Davenport

    January 19, 2010

  • "I am compelled to worship this extraordinary presence that has silted into existence at the conjunction of two rivers. It is a vast pollutant, a stench, a klaxon sounding." From Perdido Street Station by China Mieville.

    September 18, 2011