- an alarm bell
- its sound
- any alarm, or sound of warning
Origin of tocsinFrench ; from Middle French touquesain ; from ProvenÃ§al tocasenh ; from toc, a stroke ; from tocar (; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form toccare, to touch) + senh, bell ; from Late Latin signum, a signal, bell ; from L, a sign
- a. An alarm sounded on a bell.b. A bell used to sound an alarm.
- A warning; an omen.
Origin of tocsinFrench, alteration of toquassen, from Old French touque-sain, from Old Provençal tocasenh : tocar, to strike (from Vulgar Latin *toccare) + senh, bell (from Late Latin signum, from Latin, signal; see sign).
From Old French toquesain (modern tocsin), from ProvenÃ§al tocasenh, from tocar "˜strike, touch' + senh "˜bell'.