Definition of knell noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//nel//
; NAmE NAmE//nel//
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= death knell Word OriginOld English cnyll (noun), cnyllan (verb), of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch knal (noun), knallen (verb) ‘bang, pop, crack’. The current spelling (dating from the 16th cent.) is perhaps influenced by bell.
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