Meaning of death bell in English:

death bell

Pronunciation /ˈdɛθ bɛl/


(also dead bell)
  • 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.


Mid 16th century. Originally from death + bell.