cri·​er ˈkrī(-ə)r How to pronounce crier (audio)
: one that cries:
: an officer who proclaims the orders of a court

Examples of crier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among the criers were some of the least decorous people in the country. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, 13 Mar. 2024 Over the course of six days, blow-ins and natives alike took part in events like the sandcastle contest, the town crier competition, the talent show, the go-kart race, the pig race, and the Daft Raft Race—in which teams braved the open waves on homemade boats. Rebecca Panovka, Harper's Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 So gather ’round with a box of tissues—then read ’em and weep, fellow criers. Rachel Dlugatch, Longreads, 18 July 2023 Alex has never been the crier, but she's been real weepy since that last day. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 26 May 2023 Because even for those who aren’t criers, strong feelings are not an uncommon reaction to meeting Blume. Michael Stillwell, Town & Country, 24 Apr. 2023 Joe Biden appears to be a natural crier. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Patty’s really a crier. Lia Beck,, 16 Mar. 2021 Anderson Cooper has never been a big crier. Robin Pogrebin, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crier was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Crier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


cri·​er ˈkrī(-ə)r How to pronounce crier (audio)
: one who calls out orders or announcements

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