- an alarm bell
- its sound
- any alarm, or sound of warning
Origin of tocsinFrench from Middle French touquesain from Provençal 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 toccāre ) 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'.