A knell is a ringing sound, particularly from a bell tolled to announce a death or the end of something. Which is kind of depressing.

From the Old English cnyll, meaning “sound made by a bell when struck or rung slowly,” comes our modern day knell. It certainly describes the slow, ominous sound of funeral bells, but isn't always used so literally: We often say that a final blow or action that will bring an end to something sounds or signals the death knell. And if you hear a bell knell in your dreams, look out — superstition says that's not a good sign.

Definitions of knell

n the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something

Type of:
bell, toll
the sound of a bell being struck

v ring as in announcing death

Type of:
peal, ring
sound loudly and sonorously

v make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification

ring slowly
Type of:
cause to sound

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