Definition of hound noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//haʊnd//
; NAmE NAmE//haʊnd//
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a dog that can run fast and has a good sense of smell, used for hunting The hounds picked up the scent of the fox. In drag hunting, hounds chase an artificial scent. We could hear the hounds barking at the fox. see also Afghan hound, bloodhound, foxhound, greyhound, wolfhound Word OriginOld English hund (in the general sense ‘dog’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch hond and German Hund, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek kuōn, kun- ‘dog’.
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