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

 

tocsin

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈtɒksɪn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈtɑːksɪn//
 
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a warning bell or signal Word Origin late 16th cent.: from Old French toquassen, from Provençal tocasenh, from tocar ‘to touch’ + senh ‘signal bell’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tocsin