Definition of hornet in English:

hornet

noun

  • A large stinging wasp that typically nests in hollow trees.

    • ‘Bites from bees, wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and fire ants are typically the most troublesome.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

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

/ˈhôrnət/