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noun

  1. a signal, especially of alarm, sounded on a bell or bells.
  2. a bell used to sound an alarm.

noun

  1. an alarm or warning signal, esp one sounded on a bell
  2. an alarm bell
n.

“alarm bell,” 1580s, from Middle French toquassen “an alarm bell, the ringing of an alarm bell” (late 14c.), from Old Proven├žal tocasenh, from tocar “to strike” (from Vulgar Latin *toccare “strike a bell;” see touch) + senh “bell, bell note,” from Late Latin signum “bell, ringing of a bell,” in Latin “mark, signal.” The current English spelling is from 1794, adopted from modern French.

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