Definition of knell in English:
1The sound of a bell, especially when rung solemnly for a death or funeral.
- I was sure anyone within five miles would have heard it the way they hear a church bell's knell or a train's whistle.
- The very word is like a knell, signalling the approach of death.
- As the knell died away, a black flag slowly rose up the mast and stopped half-way.
1.1Used in reference to an announcement, event, or sound that warns of the end of something: the decision will probably toll the knell for the facility
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- If you fear this may be just one more story to sound a warning knell about the IT skills shortage - not to worry.
- The huntsman's horn sounded the final knell when the last traditional hunt by the Tedworth came to en end.
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