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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

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Set atop a knoll, the home’s panoramic views are perfect for spotting incoming invaders. Jack Flemming,, "Modern-day supervillain fortress in Hollywood Hills finds its next Lex Luthor," 29 May 2018 The site is on a south-facing slope on a knoll next to tundra and lakes that drain into a river. Devin Kelly, Anchorage Daily News, "A new hut with dramatic views rose up this summer in Alaska’s Hatcher Pass backcountry," 8 July 2018 Built in the ’60s, the modernized estate sits behind gates on a knoll overlooking Lake Hollywood Reservoir. Jack Flemming,, "Live and cook like celebrity chef Curtis Stone for $16,500 a month," 19 June 2018 An unnamed 4,000-foot knoll on the northeast corner of the Ballpark provides unobstructed panoramic views from Anchorage to the Alaska Range, Talkeetna Mountains and all the way back into the Chugach Mountains to Williwaw Peak. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "12 Anchorage-area hikes you can do in about 5 hours or less," 15 June 2018 Start with doughnuts from the farmers’ market—be there by 9:30 to grab a spot on the opposite grassy knoll, where the locals hang with their takeaway coffees. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Sydney: The Black Book," 5 July 2018 To accommodate the masses of refugees who began crossing from Myanmar in August, sandy knolls were flattened and more than 1,000 acres of forests were chopped down, heightening the risk of landslides. Shashank Bengali,, "Rohingya Muslims who escaped the Myanmar army now brace for a threat they can't outrun: Rain," 30 May 2018 The grassy knoll, Umbrella Man, LBJ and Ted Cruz’s dad] Schrade was shot above the forehead but the bullet bounced off his skull. Tom Jackman, Washington Post, "Who killed Bobby Kennedy? His son, RFK Jr., doesn’t believe it was Sirhan Sirhan.," 26 May 2018 There is a certain art to sitting down—even in front of a screen—and spending a few minutes meditating on a grassy knoll in England, or joining a stranger on a stroll through Tokyo just as cherry blossoms begin to bloom. Arielle Pardes, WIRED, "In the Age of Despair, Find Comfort on the ‘Slow Web’," 8 July 2018

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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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The first known use of knoll was before the 12th century

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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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