how to pronounce knell


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the above transcription of knell is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

knell is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of knell in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… death death knell for the weddings uh …”

meanings of knell


  1. To signal or proclaim something (especially a death) by ringing a bell.
  2. To ring a bell slowly, especially for a funeral; to toll.
  3. To summon by, or as if by, ringing a bell.


  1. The sound of a bell knelling; a toll (particularly one signalling a death).
  2. A sign of the end or demise of something or someone.


  1. A surname​.

knell frequency in english - C2+ level of CEFR

the word knell occurs in english on average 0.7 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2+ level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics knell can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that knell can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

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