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tocsin

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noun toc·sin \ˈtäk-sən\

Definition of tocsin

  1. 1 :  an alarm bell or the ringing of it

  2. 2 :  a warning signal



Examples of tocsin

  1. <the tocsin rang out, warning us of the approaching tornado>

  2. <noted that a sudden drop in a student's grades may be a tocsin of a serious personal problem>



Origin of tocsin

Middle French toquassen, from Old Occitan tocasenh, from tocar to touch, ring a bell (from Vulgar Latin *toccare) + senh sign, bell, from Medieval Latin & Latin signum; Medieval Latin, bell, from Late Latin, ringing of a bell, from Latin, mark, sign — more at touch, sign


First Known Use: 1586

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