Tocsin meaning

tŏksĭn
A warning; an omen.
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Any alarm, or sound of warning.
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An alarm or other signal sounded by a bell or bells, especially with reference to France.
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A bell used to sound an alarm.
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Origin of tocsin

  • French 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 sign)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French toquesain (modern tocsin), from Provençal tocasenh, from tocar "˜strike, touch' + senh "˜bell'.

    From Wiktionary