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harbinger

noun

verb

Etymology summary

herbengar "one sent ahead to arrange lodgings" (for a monarch, an army, and so...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

harbinger | forerunner [synonym, sense-specific]

a person or thing that announces or indicates the approach of something; forerunner | [obsolete] a person sent in advance of a royal party or army to ... (26 of 505 words, 3 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wikipedia:

Harbinger [disambiguation]

a forerunner or herald, and may refer to: Harbinger Corp., Internet-oriented business | Harbinger Capital, hedge fund | Harbinger Systems, IT services | Harbinger Knowledge Products, eLearning products and content services | Harbinger (DC Comics), a ... (32 of 342 words, 32 definitions)

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Merriam-Webster:

harbinger [entry 1, noun] | precursor [synonym, sense-specific] | angel [synonym, sense-specific] | foregoer [synonym, sense-specific] | forerunner [synonym, sense-specific] | herald [synonym, sense-specific] | outrider [synonym, sense-specific] | foreboder [similar, sense-specific] | foreshadower [similar, sense-specific] | ...

[archaic] a person sent ahead to provide lodgings | one that pioneers in or initiates a major change; "precursor" ; one that presages or foreshadows ... (24 of 131 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/harbinger

harbinger [entry 2, verb] | presage [synonym] | adumbrate [synonym] | forerun [synonym] | foreshadow [synonym] | herald [synonym] | prefigure [synonym] | anticipate [similar] | foreknow [similar] | ...

to be a harbinger of; "presage" (6 of 67 words, 1 usage example)

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Oxford Dictionary:

harbinger

a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another | a forerunner of something (16 of 126 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/harbinger

New World Dictionary:

harbinger

[historical] an advance representative of an army or royal party, who arranged for lodging, entertainment, etc. | a person or thing that comes before ... (23 of 79 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

harbinger

a person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another; herald. | anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign. | a person sent in ... (25 of 64 words, 4 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/harbinger

Wiktionary:

harbinger | harbingers [plural] | harbingered [past tense] | harbingering [present participle] | herald [synonym, sense-specific] | omen [synonym, sense-specific] | premonition [synonym, sense-specific] | sign [synonym, sense-specific] | signal [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

A person or thing that foreshadows or foretells the coming of someone or something. | [obsolete] One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when travelling, to provide and prepare ... (38 of 63 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

harbinger | harbingered [past tense] | harbingering [present participle] | harbingers [3rd-person singular present]

One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner. | To signal the approach of; presage. (17 of 56 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/harbinger

Macmillan British Dictionary:

harbinger [countable, literary] | harbingers [plural]

a sign that something will happen soon, often something bad (10 of 36 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/harbinger

Cambridge Dictionary:

harbinger [literary]

someone or a thing that shows that something is going to happen soon, especially something bad (16 of 25 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/harbinger

Encarta Dictionary:

harbinger | harbingers [plural]

somebody or something that foreshadows or anticipates a future event (10 of 42 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861616554​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

harbinger

First use: late 15th century

Origin: herbengar "one sent ahead to arrange lodgings" (for a monarch, an army, and so on...), alteration of Middle English herberger "provider ... (24 of 86 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=harbinger

Oxford Dictionary:

harbinger

Origin: Middle English: from Old French herbergere, from herbergier "provide lodging for", from herberge "lodging", from Old Saxon ... (17 of 68 etymology words)

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Wiktionary:

harbinger | harbingers [plural] | harbingered [past tense] | harbingering [present participle]

Origin: Originally, a person that is sent in advance to provide lodgings. From Middle English herbergeour, from Old French herbergeor (derives French h├ęberger ("to accommodate, put up")), from Frankish *heriberga ("lodging, inn", ... (31 of 53 etymology words)

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New World Dictionary:

harbinger

Origin: Middle English herbergeour (with intrusive -n-) from Old French herbergeor, provider of lodging from herberge, a shelter ... (17 of 41 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

harbinger | harbingered [past tense] | harbingering [present participle] | harbingers [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English herbengar, person sent ahead to arrange lodgings, from Old French herbergeor, from herbergier, to ... (16 of 30 etymology words)

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Collins Dictionary:

harbinger

First use: 12th century

Origin: from Old French herbergere, from herberge lodging, from Old Saxon heriberga; compare Old High German heriberga army shelter; see harry, borough

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Merriam-Webster:

harbinger [entry 1, noun]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Middle English herbergere, from Anglo-French, host, from herberge camp, lodgings, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German heriberga

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Encarta Dictionary:

harbinger | harbingers [plural]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Old French herberger from herbergier "provide shelter for an army" from Germanic

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861616554​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

harbinger | harbingers [plural] | harbingered [past tense] | harbingering [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "harbinger"

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Collins Dictionary:

harbinger

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "harbinger"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/harbinger

Macmillan British Dictionary:

harbinger [countable, literary] | harbingers [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "harbinger"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/harbinger

Macmillan American Dictionary:

harbinger [countable, literary] | harbingers [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "harbinger"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/harbinger

Cambridge Dictionary:

harbinger [literary]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "harbinger"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "harbinger"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/harbinger

the Free Dictionary:

harbinger

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "harbinger"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "harbinger"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "harbinger" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

harbinger | harbingers [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "harbinger"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

harbinger

Audio: North American pronunciation of "harbinger"

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YourDictionary Audio:

harbinger

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "harbinger" by speech synthesizer

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