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Definition of knoll

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a small round hill : mound


knolled; knolling; knolls

Definition of knoll (Entry 2 of 2)

: knell

Examples of knoll in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Sensual nose-nuzzling on a grassy knoll while the sun comes up? Devon Ivie, Vulture, "Keira Knightley Will No Longer Do Sex Scenes With Male Directors," 25 Jan. 2021 In the 1970s, a circular house was added atop a knoll with 360-degree views of the surrounding valley. Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property newsletter: Music to home buyers’ ears," 7 Nov. 2020 In a rare command decision, one of the elders told me to stand guard on a small open knoll overlooking the swamp—a prime outlet for escaping bucks. The Editors, Field & Stream, "Tips and Life Lessons from Hunting Camp," 9 Oct. 2020 In the 1970s, a stylish circular house was added atop a knoll with 360-degree views of the surrounding valley. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "The house that McDonald’s built seeks $29 million in Santa Ynez," 28 Oct. 2020 One wall was decorated with a homemade collage of J.F.K. memorabilia: photos of Jackie Kennedy, Hyannis Port, the grassy knoll. Patrick Radden Keefe, The New Yorker, "Why Private Eyes Are Everywhere Now," 28 Sep. 2020 Is that the backup quarterback on the grassy knoll? Tom Noie, The Indianapolis Star, "Column: Missing an opener in Ireland stinks, but at least there a Notre Dame football season," 27 Aug. 2020 As a branch of the CZU Lightning Complex Fire closed in on Bonny Doon’s lush homesteader ranches and families fled south to Santa Cruz on Thursday night, John Lingemann planted himself atop a knoll and watched. Megan Cassidy,, "Residents defended homes from the CZU fires in the Santa Cruz mountains. They defied evacuation orders to do it," 24 Aug. 2020 But the gimbap sat undisturbed beside an equally unpopular knoll of beige sauerkraut. Jennifer Hope Choi, Bon Appétit, "No Vacation Is Complete Without a Cooler Full of Gimbap," 19 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of knoll


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for knoll


Middle English knol, from Old English cnoll; akin to Old Norse knollr mountaintop


Middle English, probably alteration of knellen to knell

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“Knoll.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of knoll

: a small hill


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Kids Definition of knoll

: a small round hill

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