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[uh-lar-uh m, uh-lahr-] /əˈlær əm, əˈlɑr-/
noun, Archaic.
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Examples from the Web for alarum
Historical Examples
  • Listen: I hear the sound of the trumpet and the alarum of war.

    The Scapegoat Hall Caine
  • Should he lead up to his news by gradual steps or give it forth like an alarum?

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • The seven o'clock alarum woke him to the preparation of the evening meal.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • There he kept it with his breath subdued, and the alarum severely quelled.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • Shall the alarum be blown in a city, and the people not tremble?

  • But there is a stage direction later on in the play: 'alarum.

    Old Picture Books Alfred W. Pollard
  • This will specially be the case when the alarum spring is long and fully wound.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • There is also an alarum marked with arabic figures one to twelve.

    Chats on Old Clocks Arthur Hayden
  • It is a thirty-hour clock, with striking but no alarum movement.

    Chats on Old Clocks Arthur Hayden
  • I was to have been up at four this morning, but that alarum went off and never woke me.

    The Mistletoe Bough Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for alarum


/əˈlærəm; -ˈlɑːr-; -ˈlɛər-/
(archaic) an alarm, esp a call to arms
(used as a stage direction, esp in Elizabethan drama) a loud disturbance or conflict (esp in the phrase alarums and excursions)
Word Origin
C15: variant of alarm
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Word Origin and History for alarum

obsolete and poetic spelling of alarm (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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