cri·​er | \ ˈkrī(-ə)r How to pronounce crier (audio) \

Definition of crier

: one that cries:
a : an officer who proclaims the orders of a court

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Those below them were sorted into three groups: eyes, criers, and butchers. Sean Williams, Harper's magazine, "The Black Axe," 19 Aug. 2019 As a result of Sterling's emotional bouts, he's been labeled as the cast's resident crier (though, as Susan has said, Justin Hartley might just give Sterling a run for his money). Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Sterling K. Brown Is Embracing Every Emotion That Comes With Playing Randall," 19 Mar. 2019 As we get set for the 2018 national championship, For The Win looks back at some of our favorite characters, memes and criers from NCAA tournament history. 1. Chris Chase, For The Win, "The 15 best characters, memes and bawling adults from NCAA tournament history," 2 Apr. 2018 The old newspapers were called that, and there were criers that went from town to town singing the news, like in Robin Hood. Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, "Erin Enderlin Talks Acclaimed Album 'Whiskeytown Crier' & Being Chris Stapleton's Neighbor Back In the Day," 2 Nov. 2017 The criers of cold white tears (which eventually become snowflakes) believe that SAT scores, standardized tests and employment recommendations are being rejected to allow blacks and Latinos to erase Caucasians from achieving the American dream. Michael Harriot, The Root, "Trump’s Latest Tweets Are Dog Whistles to White Supremacists," 1 Nov. 2017 The criers weren’t stigmatized or diminished in the eyes of those who witnessed. Heidi Stevens,, "If Lady Gaga (plus Rizzo and Skilling) can cry at work, why not the rest of us?," 30 Aug. 2017 As St. Olaf President David Anderson was meeting with the students, other protesters interrupted and, like town criers, read aloud an 11-page list of demands that were a looking glass into the dynamic of academic entitlement. Joe Soucheray, Twin Cities, "Soucheray: Misguided St. Olaf students just let the creep off the hook," 3 May 2017 Breslin was to Queens Boulevard what Runyon was to Broadway — columnist, confessor and town crier, from the Pastrami King to Red McGuire’s saloon. Orange County Register, "Jimmy Breslin, chronicler of wise guys and underdogs, dies," 19 Mar. 2017

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14th century, in the meaning defined above

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cri·​er | \ ˈkrī-ər How to pronounce crier (audio) \

Kids Definition of crier

: a person whose job is to call out orders or announcements

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