Definition of hornet in English:

hornet

noun

  • A large, fairly docile wasp which is typically red and yellow or red and black and usually nests in hollow trees.

    • ‘Bites from bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants are typically the most troublesome.’
    • ‘South African paper wasps, or hornets as they are also called, are often encountered underneath overhangs such as the eaves of roofs but do not form very big groups.’
    • ‘Insects such as bees, wasps and hornets inject a venom into the skin when they sting us, which can cause pain, swelling and itchiness in the area.’
    • ‘The insects most likely to cause allergic reactions are wasps, honeybees, hornets, yellow jackets and ants.’
    • ‘A grasshopper materialized, then several hornets, two shiny black wasps, a drab brown damselfly, and a large azure-blue dragonfly.’

Origin

Old English hyrnet, of Germanic origin; related to German Hornisse. The form of the word was probably influenced by Middle Dutch and Middle Low German hornte.

Pronunciation:

hornet

/ˈhɔːnɪt/