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[uh-lar-uh m, uh-lahr-] /əˈlær əm, əˈlɑr-/
noun, Archaic.
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  • Their guide, light-eyed for scares, seemed to know them all, and reserved his alarum for signs in the sky invisible to the party.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • There he kept it with his breath subdued, and the alarum severely quelled.

    Doom Castle Neil Munro
  • The seven o'clock alarum woke him to the preparation of the evening meal.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • This will specially be the case when the alarum spring is long and fully wound.

    Life Movements in Plants Sir Jagadis Chunder Bose
  • After an early breakfast we set out, with the din of the waters sounding an alarum in our ears, and directing our steps.

    Impressions of America Tyrone Power
  • I was to have been up at four this morning, but that alarum went off and never woke me.

    The Mistletoe Bough Anthony Trollope
  • Feeling faint, she rang the alarum, when her friends came and found her in a swoon on the floor.

  • At dawn the "alarum" went off; the cock crew, and the sleepers were roused.

    The White Queen of Okoyong W.P. Livingstone
  • I noticed that he put his staff and alarum in his pocket, and furnished me with similar implements.

  • A few special cases are—alarum with thunder and lightning, H. 6.

    Shakespeare and Music Edward W. Naylor
British Dictionary definitions for alarum


/əˈlærəm; -ˈlɑːr-; -ˈlɛər-/
(archaic) an alarm, esp a call to arms
(used as a stage direction, esp in Elizabethan drama) a loud disturbance or conflict (esp in the phrase alarums and excursions)
Word Origin
C15: variant of alarm
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Word Origin and History for alarum

obsolete and poetic spelling of alarm (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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