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knell

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verb \ˈnel\

Definition of knell

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to summon or announce by or as if by a knell

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to ring especially for a death, funeral, or disaster :  toll

  5. 2 :  to sound in an ominous manner or with an ominous effect

Examples of knell in a sentence

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

Origin and Etymology of knell

Middle English, from Old English cnyllan; akin to Middle High German erknellen to toll


First Known Use: 14th century


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knell

noun

Definition of knell

  1. 1 :  a stroke or sound of a bell especially when rung slowly (as for a death, funeral, or disaster)

  2. 2 :  an indication of the end or the failure of something <sounded the death knell for our hopes>

Origin and Etymology of knell

see 1knell


First Known Use: before 12th century



KNELL Defined for English Language Learners


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knell

noun

Definition of knell for English Language Learners

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


KNELL Defined for Kids

knell

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noun \ˈnel\

Definition of knell for Students

  1. 1 :  a stroke or sound of a bell especially when rung slowly for a death, funeral, or disaster

  2. 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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