knell

[ nel ]
/ nɛl /

noun

the sound made by a bell rung slowly, especially for a death or a funeral.
a sound or sign announcing the death of a person or the end, extinction, failure, etc., of something: the knell of parting day.
any mournful sound.

verb (used without object)

to sound, as a bell, especially a funeral bell.
to give forth a mournful, ominous, or warning sound.

verb (used with object)

to proclaim or summon by, or as if by, a bell.

Nearby words

  1. kneepan,
  2. kneepiece,
  3. knees-up,
  4. kneesies,
  5. kneidel,
  6. kneller,
  7. kneller, sir godfrey,
  8. knelt,
  9. knesset,
  10. knew

Origin of knell

before 950; (noun) Middle English knel, Old English cynll; (v.) Middle English knellen, knyllen, Old English cynllan; cognate with Old Norse knylla to beat, strike; akin to Dutch knal bang, knallen to bang, German Knall explosion, knallen to explode

Related formsun·knelled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for knell

knell

/ (nɛl) /

noun

the sound of a bell rung to announce a death or a funeral
something that precipitates or indicates death or destruction

verb

(intr) to ring a knell
(tr) to proclaim or announce by or as if by a tolling bell

Word Origin for knell

Old English cnyll; related to Middle High German knüllen to strike, Dutch knallen to bang

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Word Origin and History for knell
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Idioms and Phrases with knell

knell

see death knell.

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