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[uh-lar-uh m, uh-lahr-]
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noun Archaic.
  1. alarm.
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Related Words

bell, siren, warning, signal, alert

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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?

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


    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?

British Dictionary definitions for alarum


  1. archaic an alarm, esp a call to arms
  2. (used as a stage direction, esp in Elizabethan drama) a loud disturbance or conflict (esp in the phrase alarums and excursions)
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Word Origin

C15: variant of alarm
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Word Origin and History for alarum


obsolete and poetic spelling of alarm (n.).

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