Examples from the Web for tocsin
Come on, stand up, brother, father, toll the tocsin [alarm bell]!
Ding-ding-ding-ding it went, a tocsin summoning the assistance of all true sons of Mother Church.The Snare|Rafael Sabatini
For a quarter of a century she was the lone watcher on the heights to sound the tocsin of freedom.
There was also a big powerful iron sea-tug, the Tocsin, that promised to make better weather of it than any of the others.The Seiners|James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
His demand for immediate emancipation fell like a tocsin upon the ears of slaveholders.
When the tocsin rings and the men disappear they simply go on.The Living Present|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
British Dictionary definitions for tocsin
Word Origin for tocsin
Word Origin and History for tocsin
"alarm bell," 1580s, from Middle French toquassen "an alarm bell, the ringing of an alarm bell" (late 14c.), from Old Provençal tocasenh, from tocar "to strike" (from Vulgar Latin *toccare "strike a bell;" see touch) + senh "bell, bell note," from Late Latin signum "bell, ringing of a bell," in Latin "mark, signal." The current English spelling is from 1794, adopted from modern French.