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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 The city of Poughkeepsie is enmeshed in a similar battle over the fate of a 2.2-acre grassy knoll with a 163-year-old mansion and sweeping views of the Hudson River. New York Times, 12 May 2022 On social media, fire crews and witnesses posted dramatic photos and videos of orange flames roaring through the upper level of the three-story hotel that sits atop a grassy knoll on Route 16. Nick Stoico,, 30 Apr. 2022 With a stately brick façade surrounded by flat, grassy lawns, this English-style manor sits on a knoll overlooking the Langham Hotel area. Los Angeles Times, 1 Dec. 2021 The land is located in the middle of Napa Valley, on a lightly elevated knoll near Oakville Crossroad. Esther Mobley, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Apr. 2022 The road ends at distinctive Hermits Rest, seemingly built from casual stacks of stone against a low knoll. Roger Naylor, The Arizona Republic, 17 Dec. 2021 On a recent morning, as the blanket of fog lifted into the sky, Aracelly Cauich hurried up a grassy knoll at Hollenbeck Park in Boyle Heights. Marisa Gerber, Los Angeles Times, 6 Dec. 2021 The two sit on a grassy knoll propped up by a rudimentary wooden fence. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Set on the highest knoll in the community, the property takes in 360-degree views of the 14,000-foot Wilson Range and the Rocky Mountains. Lauren Beale, Forbes, 4 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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: a small round hill

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