harbinger


1har·bin·ger

noun \ˈhär-bən-jər\

: something that shows what is coming

Full Definition of HARBINGER

1
archaic :  a person sent ahead to provide lodgings
2
a :  one that pioneers in or initiates a major change :  precursor
b :  one that presages or foreshadows what is to come

Examples of HARBINGER

  1. <her father's successful job interview was seen as a harbinger of better times to come>

Origin of HARBINGER

Middle English herbergere, from Anglo-French, host, from herberge camp, lodgings, of Germanic origin; akin to Old High German heriberga
First Known Use: 14th century

2harbinger

verb

Definition of HARBINGER

transitive verb
:  to be a harbinger of :  presage

Examples of HARBINGER

  1. <the hope that the housing slump does not harbinger a general economic recession>

First Known Use of HARBINGER

1646

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