Definition of Hun in English:

Hun

noun

  • 1A member of a warlike Asiatic nomadic people who invaded and ravaged Europe in the 4th–5th centuries.

    • ‘But no one really knows what kind of language Hunnic was, which is odd considering what a big splash Attila and the Huns made across Asia and Europe in the 5th century AD.’
    • ‘In the fourth century, the Huns, a nomadic people from central Asia, began attacking the German tribes.’
    • ‘In the first two decades of the 5th century, the Huns arrived in central Europe and subjugated many Germanic peoples.’
    • ‘Attila assembled a huge army of several tens of thousands of Huns, Goths, Gepids, Heruls, and others, besieged and took Aquileia, and marched as far as Milan, which offered no resistance.’
    • ‘When Rome collapsed in the fifth century AD, Trieste was overrun by the Huns, and then fell under Byzantine rule.’
    1. 1.1 A reckless or uncivilized destroyer:
      ‘corporate huns masquerading as white knights’
      • ‘We stumbled in to the Lager House like conquering Huns drunk on French wine.’
  • 2informal, derogatory A German (especially during the First and Second World Wars).

    1. 2.1 Germans collectively:
      ‘millions of boys were eager to go and fight the Hun’
      • ‘Patton was quick to volunteer for an unofficial expeditionary force to fight the Hun's skeletal legions.’
      • ‘As full-fledged fighting men, they would now join in the fight against the Hun.’
      • ‘Kiwis have always marched where empire dictated, be it to fight the Boer, the Hun or the Cong.’
      • ‘They have put on uniforms and been drilled into rude shape to fight the Hun in World War I.’
      • ‘I remember when I was fighting the Hun in North Africa, and me and the boys used to sit around and compare notes from home.’

Origin

Old English Hūne, Hūnas (plural), from late Latin Hunni, from Greek Hounnoi, of Middle Iranian origin.

Pronunciation:

Hun

/hʌn/