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1herald

noun her·ald \ˈher-əld, ˈhe-rəld\

: a sign that something will happen

: an official messenger in the past

Full Definition of HERALD

1
a :  an official at a tournament of arms with duties including the making of announcements and the marshaling of combatants
b :  an officer with the status of ambassador acting as official messenger between leaders especially in war
c (1) :  officer of arms
(2) :  an officer of arms ranking above a pursuivant and below a king of arms
2
:  an official crier or messenger
3
a :  one that precedes or foreshadows
b :  one that conveys news or proclaims :  announcer
c :  one who actively promotes or advocates :  exponent
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Examples of HERALD

  1. The early flowers are heralds of spring.
  2. Mercury was the herald of the Roman gods.

Origin of HERALD

Middle English, from Anglo-French heraud, herald, from Frankish *heriwald-, literally, leader of an armed force, from *heri- army + *wald- rule; akin to Old High German heri- army, waltan to rule — more at harry, wield

Synonym Discussion of HERALD

forerunner, precursor, harbinger, herald mean one that goes before or announces the coming of another. forerunner is applicable to anything that serves as a sign or presage <the blockade was the forerunner of war>. precursor applies to a person or thing paving the way for the success or accomplishment of another <18th century poets like Burns were precursors of the Romantics>. harbinger and herald both apply, chiefly figuratively, to one that proclaims or announces the coming or arrival of a notable event <their early victory was the harbinger of a winning season> <the herald of a new age in medicine>.

Other Heraldry Terms

blazon, cachet, couchant, dormant, escutcheon, potent, standard, totem

2herald

verb

: to be a sign of (something that is beginning to happen or will happen soon)

: to greet (someone or something) with enthusiasm

Full Definition of HERALD

transitive verb
1
:  to give notice of :  announce
2
a :  to greet especially with enthusiasm :  hail <doctors are heralding a new drug>
b :  publicize
3
:  to signal the approach of :  foreshadow

Examples of HERALD

  1. Rain heralds the arrival of spring.
  2. The technology heralded a new age of space exploration.

First Known Use of HERALD

14th century
HERALD Defined for Kids

1herald

noun her·ald \ˈher-əld\

Definition of HERALD for Kids

1
:  an official messenger
2
:  a person who brings news or announces something

2herald

verb
her·ald·edher·ald·ing

Definition of HERALD for Kids

1
:  to give notice of :  announce
2
:  foretell <… in his sleep he heard the faintest sound and knew whether it heralded peace or peril. — Jack London, The Call of the Wild>

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