alarm

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English alarme, alarom, borrowed from Middle French alarme, itself from Old Italian all'arme! (to arms!, to the weapons!), ultimately from Latin arma (arms, weapons).

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alarm (countable and uncountable, plural alarms)

  1. A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.
  2. Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.
    • (Can we date this quote by Joel and provide title, author's full name, and other details?) ii. 1.
      Sound an alarm in my holy mountain.
    • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House:
      She went about the house in a state of real terror, and yet lied monstrously and wilfully, and invented many of the alarms she spread, and made many of the sounds we heard.
  3. A sudden attack; disturbance.
  4. Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.
    • 1848, Thomas Babington Macaulay, chapter 1, in The History of England from the Accession of James II:
      Alarm and resentment spread through the camp.
  5. A mechanical device for awaking people, or rousing their attention.
    The clock radio is a friendlier version of the cold alarm by the bedside.
  6. An instance of an alarm ringing, beeping or clanging, to give a noise signal at a certain time.
    You should set the alarm on your watch to go off at seven o'clock.

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alarm (third-person singular simple present alarms, present participle alarming, simple past and past participle alarmed)

  1. (transitive) To call to arms for defense
  2. (transitive) To give (someone) notice of approaching danger
  3. (transitive) To rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.
  4. (transitive) To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.
  5. (transitive) To keep in excitement; to disturb.

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Czech[edit]

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alarm m

  1. alarm

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Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Ultimately from Italian all' arme (to arms), allarme; cf. also French alarme. This etymology is incomplete. You can help Wiktionary by elaborating on the origins of this term.

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alarm n (plural alarmen, diminutive alarmpje n)

  1. alarm

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian all' arme (to arms) and allarme, via French alarme

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alarm m (definite singular alarmen, indefinite plural alarmer, definite plural alarmene)

  1. an alarm

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian all' arme (to arms) and allarme, via French alarme

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alarm m (definite singular alarmen, indefinite plural alarmar, definite plural alarmane)

  1. an alarm

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Polish[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old Italian all' arme!.[1] Cf. French alarme.

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alarm m inan

  1. alarm
  2. The state of being alerted

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  1. ^ Brückner, Aleksander (1927), “alarm”, in Słownik etymologiczny języka polskiego (in Polish): “z włosk. all’ arme! ‘do broni’”

Further reading[edit]

  • alarm in Polish dictionaries at PWN

Serbo-Croatian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French alarme.

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  • IPA(key): /ǎlarm/
  • Hyphenation: a‧larm

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àlarm m (Cyrillic spelling а̀ларм)

  1. alarm

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  • alarm” in Hrvatski jezični portal