Meaning of death bell in English:

death bell

(also dead bell, deid bell)

Pronunciation /ˈdɛθ bɛl/

See synonyms for death bell

noun

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

    See note at "passing bell".

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

Origin

Mid 16th century. Originally from death + bell.