Definitions for knellnɛl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the sound made by a bell rung slowly, esp. for a death or a funeral.

  2. a sound or sign announcing someone's death or the end of something.

  3. any mournful sound.

  4. (v.i.)(of a bell) to sound, as at a funeral.

  5. to give forth a mournful, ominous, or warning sound.

  6. (v.t.)to proclaim or summon by or as if by a bell.

Origin of knell:

bef. 950; ME knellen, knyllen, OE cynllan; c. ON knylla to beat, strike; akin to D knallen to bang, MHG erknellen to resound

Princeton's WordNet

  1. knell(verb)

    the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something

  2. knell(verb)

    ring as in announcing death

  3. ring, knell(verb)

    make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification

    "Ring the bells"; "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church"


  1. knell(Noun)

    the sound of a bell knelling; a toll.

  2. knell(Verb)

    to ring a bell slowly, especially for a funeral; to toll.

  3. knell(Verb)

    to signal or proclaim something by ringing a bell.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Knell(noun)

    the stoke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence, figuratively, a warning of, or a sound indicating, the passing away of anything

  2. Knell(noun)

    to sound as a knell; especially, to toll at a death or funeral; hence, to sound as a warning or evil omen

  3. Knell(verb)

    to summon, as by a knell

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the sound of a bell giving warning of a death or funeral.

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