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herald

noun

  1. (messenger)  a person who announces important news
    Synonyms: trumpeter [formality]. Type of: messenger
  2. (indication)  something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
    Synonyms: forerunner, harbinger, precursor, predecessor. Type of: indication

verb

  1. (tell)  to foreshadow or presage
    Synonyms: announce, annunciate, forespeak, foretell, harbinger, spae [Scotland]. Type of: tell
  2. (applaud)  to praise vociferously
    Synonyms: acclaim, hail. Type of: applaud
  3. (greet)  to greet enthusiastically or joyfully
    Synonyms: hail. Type of: greet

Etymology summary

[noun] (in Anglo-Latin); about 1200 as a surname, "messenger, envoy", from ... | ...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Herald | herald of arms

an officer of arms, ranking between pursuivant and king of arms. The title is commonly applied more broadly to all officers of arms. Heralds were originally messengers sent by monarchs or noblemen to convey messages or proclamations--in this sense... (40 of 885 words, 3 images)

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Herald (disambiguation)

an officer of arms. Herald may also refer to: Herald Sun -- Melbourne, Victoria | The Newcastle Herald -- Newcastle, New South Wales | The Sydney Morning Herald -- Sydney, New South Wales | The Herald (Glasgow) -- Glasgow, Scotland | The Herald... (35 of 529 words, 79 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

herald [medieval officer]

originally, an officer in medieval Europe charged with carrying messages to and from the commanders of opposing armies; in modern times, a ... (22 of 410 words, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

herald | harbinger [synonym, sense-specific]

a person who announces important news | [modifier] | [often literary] a forerunner; harbinger | the intermediate rank of heraldic officer, between ... (19 of 536 words, 7 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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

Merriam-Webster:

herald [entry 1, noun] | exponent [synonym, sense-specific] | advocate [synonym, sense-specific] | advocator [synonym, sense-specific] | apostle [synonym, sense-specific] | backer [synonym, sense-specific] | booster [synonym, sense-specific] | champion [synonym, sense-specific] | expounder [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

an official at a tournament of arms with duties including the making of ... | an official crier or messenger | one that precedes or foreshadows ; one ... (26 of 229 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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

herald [entry 2, verb] | announce [synonym, sense-specific] | foreshadow [synonym, sense-specific] | hail [synonym, sense-specific] | publicize [synonym, sense-specific] | adumbrate [synonym, sense-specific] | forerun [synonym, sense-specific] | harbinger [synonym, sense-specific] | prefigure [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to give notice of; "announce" | to greet especially with enthusiasm; "hail" ; "publicize" | to signal the approach of; "foreshadow" (19 of 118 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)

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Oxford Dictionary:

herald | Scoliopteryx libatrix [species, sense-specific] | Noctuidae [family, member, sense-specific] | acclaim [synonym, sense-specific]

an official employed to oversee state ceremonial, precedence, and the use ... | [British] an official of the College of Arms or the Lyon Court ranking ... (25 of 153 words, 6 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/herald

Random House Dictionary:

herald

[archaic] a royal or official messenger, especially one representing a monarch in an ambassadorial capacity during wartime. | a person or thing that ... (22 of 149 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/herald

American Heritage Dictionary:

herald | heralded [past tense] | heralding [present participle] | heralds [3rd-person singular present]

A person who carries or proclaims important news; a messenger. | One that gives a sign or indication of something to come; a harbinger | An official ... (25 of 93 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/herald

New World Dictionary:

herald

[historical] any of various officials who made proclamations, carried state ... | in England, an official in charge of genealogies, coats of arms, ... (22 of 86 words, 6 definitions, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

herald [countable] | heralds [plural]

in the past, a person who delivered official messages or made announcements for a king or queen | [literary] a sign that something is going to happen ... (26 of 81 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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

herald [transitive, verb] | heralded [past tense] | heralding [present participle] | heralds [3rd-person singular present]

[literary] to announce something, or to be a sign that something is going to happen soon | to praise something loudly or in a public way (25 of 69 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

herald [entry 1, formal]

to be a sign that something important, and often good, is starting to happen, or to make something publicly known, especially by celebrating or ... (24 of 55 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/herald 1

herald [entry 2]

[formal] a sign that something will happen, change, etc | in the past, a person who carried important messages and made announcements (21 of 48 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/herald 2

Wiktionary:

herald | heralds [plural] | heralded [past tense] | heralding [present participle] | messenger [synonym, sense-specific] | harbinger [synonym, sense-specific] | pursuivant [synonym, sense-specific] | Scoliopteryx libatrix [species, sense-specific]

A messenger, especially one bringing important news. | A harbinger, giving signs of things to come. | [heraldry] An official whose speciality is heraldry, especially one between the ranks of pursuivant and king of arms. | [entomology] A moth | ... (36 of 48 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Encarta Dictionary:

herald | heralds [plural] | heralded [past tense] | heralding [present participle]

somebody who brings or announces important news | somebody or something that is a forerunner of something or gives an indication of something that is ... (24 of 159 words, 7 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861617506​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

herald

First use: late 13th century | late 14th century

Origin: [noun] (in Anglo-Latin); about 1200 as a surname, "messenger, envoy", from ... | [verb] "to sound the priases of", from "herald" (Noun). (27 of 104 etymology words)

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

Collins Dictionary:

herald

First use: 14th century

Origin: from Old French herault, of Germanic origin; compare Old English here war; see wield

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

New World Dictionary:

herald

Origin: Middle English from Old French heralt from Germanic *hariwald, army chief: see "Harold"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/herald

Oxford Dictionary:

herald

Origin: Middle English: from Old French herault (noun), herauder (verb), of Germanic origin

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American Heritage Dictionary:

herald | heralded [past tense] | heralding [present participle] | heralds [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, of Germanic origin; see koro- in Indo-European roots.

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Wiktionary:

herald | heralds [plural] | heralded [past tense] | heralding [present participle]

Origin: Anglo-Norman heraud, from Old French heraut, hiraut (French: héraut).

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/herald

Merriam-Webster:

herald [entry 1, noun]

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French heraud, herald, from Frankish *heriwald-, literally, leader of an armed force, from ... (16 of 31 etymology words)

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Encarta Dictionary:

herald | heralds [plural] | heralded [past tense] | heralding [present participle]

First use: 14th century

Origin: Old French herault from Germanic, "commander of the army"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861617506​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

herald | heralds [plural] | heralded [past tense] | heralding [present participle]

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Collins Dictionary:

herald

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

herald [countable] | heralds [plural]

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herald [transitive, verb] | heralded [past tense] | heralding [present participle] | heralds [3rd-person singular present]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

herald [countable] | heralds [plural]

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herald [transitive, verb] | heralded [past tense] | heralding [present participle] | heralds [3rd-person singular present]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

herald [entry 1, formal]

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the Free Dictionary:

herald

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Google Dictionary:

herald | heralds [plural] | heralded [past tense] | heralding [present participle]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

herald

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YourDictionary Audio:

herald

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