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1knell

verb \ˈnel\

Definition of KNELL

transitive verb
:  to summon or announce by or as if by a knell
intransitive verb
1
:  to ring especially for a death, funeral, or disaster :  toll
2
:  to sound in an ominous manner or with an ominous effect
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Examples of KNELL

  1. <the church bells knelled to mark the death of the nation's beloved leader>

Origin of KNELL

Middle English, from Old English cnyllan; akin to Middle High German erknellen to toll
First Known Use: before 12th century

2knell

noun

: a sound of a bell when it is rung slowly because someone has died

Full Definition of KNELL

1
:  a stroke or sound of a bell especially when rung slowly (as for a death, funeral, or disaster)
2
:  an indication of the end or the failure of something <sounded the death knell for our hopes>

First Known Use of KNELL

before 12th century
KNELL Defined for Kids

knell

noun \ˈnel\

Definition of KNELL for Kids

1
:  a stroke or sound of a bell especially when rung slowly for a death, funeral, or disaster
2
:  an indication of the end or failure of something <“… it sounds the death knell of our society.” — Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea>

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