- the sound of a bell, especially when rung solemnly for a death or funeral.
- (of a bell) ring solemnly, especially for a death or funeral.
As the knell died away, a black flag slowly rose up the mast and stopped half-way.
If you fear this may be just one more story to sound a warning knell about the IT skills shortage - not to worry.
The very word is like a knell, signalling the approach of death.
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 decision will probably toll the knell for the facility
emails and text messages are sounding the knell for the written word
The huntsman’s horn sounded the final knell when the last traditional hunt by the Tedworth came to en end.
I could almost hear the two-tone foghorns knelling my demise.