How to Pronounce knell?

Correct pronunciation for the word "knell" is [nˈɛl], [nˈɛl], [n_ˈɛ_l].

"Knell" in context

Knell is a familiar word that often evokes feelings of sorrow and grief. It is an English noun which originated in Middle English 'knelen', which in turn finds root from Old English 'cnyllan' that means 'to strike a bell or a lump of wood with a hammer'. In its literal sense, it means the sound of a bell. Because of its associations with death and funerals, which over time have become inextricably linked to the sound of a bell, the word knell can now refer more metaphorically to signaling an impending doom of some sorts.

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