Definition of death bell in English:

death bell

(also deid bell, dead bell)


  • 1A bell rung at a person's death or funeral; a passing bell. Also figurative and in figurative contexts. Now chiefly historical.

  • 2A sound in the ears like the ringing of a bell or (in plural) bells, supposed by some people to portend death.


Mid 16th century. Originally from death + bell.


death bell

/ˈdɛθ bɛl/