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Definition of "tocsin" [toc•sin]

  • An alarm sounded on a bell. (noun)
  • A bell used to sound an alarm. (noun)
  • A warning; an omen. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "tocsin" in a sentence
  • "That night the sound of the tocsin was again heard, mingling with the booming of cannon."
  • "His purpose was seen by us at once, and seen with fresh alarm; for, if he had been able to reach the great bell, the terrible 'tocsin' would have aroused the country for ten leagues round, and have poured a hundred thousand armed peasantry into Paris."
  • "The tocsin is the signal for our people in the salient. ""