What does knell mean?

Definitions for knellnɛl

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word knell.

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(n.)

    The stroke of a bell tolled at a funeral or at the death of a person; a death signal; a passing bell; hence, (figuratively), a warning or harbinger of, or a sound indicating, the passing away of anything; -- also called death knell.

  2. Origin: [OE. knel, cnul, AS. cnyll, fr. cnyllan to sound a bell; cf. D. & G. knallen to clap, crack, G. & Sw. knall a clap, crack, loud sound, Dan. knalde to clap, crack. Cf. Knoll, n. & v.]


  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

  4. Origin: [OE. knellen, knillen, As. cnyllan. See Knell, n.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Knell

    nel, n. the stroke of a bell: the sound of a bell at a death or funeral.—v.i. to sound as a bell: toll.—v.t. to summon as by a tolling bell. [A.S. cnyllan, to beat noisily; Dut. and Ger. knallen.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of knell in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of knell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Steve Deace:

    I don’t think being left out of the debate is a death knell.

  2. Mark Brooks:

    I would have thought this would be a death knell for that company because their entire business basis is privacy, it just goes to say that all press is good press...The awareness of the brand is through the roof.

  3. Theodore Roosevelt:

    The death-knell of the republic had rung as soon as the active power became lodged in the hands of those who sought, not to do justice to all citizens, rich and poor alike, but to stand for one special class and for its interests as opposed to the interests of others.

  4. Steve Deace:

    His entire campaign is based on him being a blunt instrument he can get back at Washington with. If he dulls those edges, that would be the death knell for him. it will be interesting to see how Scott Walker performs in this environment. I think we have to see if this [debate] diminishes his stature or he is able to craft an everyman persona who is a nice contrast to the bigger personalities.

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