knell: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (nel), [key]
— n.
  1. the sound made by a bell rung slowly, esp. for a death or a funeral.
  2. a sound or sign announcing the death of a person or the end, extinction, failure, etc., of something: the knell of parting day.
  3. any mournful sound.
  1. to sound, as a bell, esp. a funeral bell.
  2. to give forth a mournful, ominous, or warning sound.
  1. to proclaim or summon by, or as if by, a bell.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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