1. Music A wind instrument of the trumpet class, having three valves operated by pistons.
2. (also kôrnĭt) A piece of paper twisted into a cone and used to hold small wares such as candy or nuts.
3. (also kôrnĭt) A headdress, often cone-shaped, worn by women in the 12th and 13th centuries.
[Middle English, from Old French, diminutive of corn, horn, from Latin cornū; see ker-1 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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