One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An electric horn or a similar loud warning device.
- ‘Somewhere, off in the distance, a klaxon sounded and everyone around me started running.’
- ‘As a police helicopter thundered overhead, many of the demonstrators sounded klaxons and blew horns to make their point.’
- ‘After all the excitement had died down and we were getting on with what we were doing beforehand, the fire klaxon sounded again.’
- ‘Warning klaxons went off, flooding the room with flashing red light.’
- ‘Alarm klaxons started to sound throughout the corridors.’
Early 20th century: from the name of the manufacturing company.
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