noun \ˈher-əld, ˈhe-rəld\

: a sign that something will happen

: an official messenger in the past

Full Definition of HERALD

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
:  an official crier or messenger
a :  one that precedes or foreshadows
b :  one that conveys news or proclaims :  announcer
c :  one who actively promotes or advocates :  exponent

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

Other Heraldry Terms

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


transitive 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

:  to give notice of :  announce
a :  to greet especially with enthusiasm :  hail <doctors are heralding a new drug>
b :  publicize
:  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


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