What does knell mean?

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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.]

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  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

Examples of knell in a Sentence

  1. Steve Deace:

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

  2. John Beck:

    Michigan State University’s probably more a spur toaction than a huge death knell.

  3. Ellis Taylor:

    Emirates switching all of its order would certainly be the death knell for the A380.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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