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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The crier’s job includes spreading the news of the day, serving as an ambassador for the town, and taking photos with tourists. Shannon Larson,, 12 Aug. 2022 Randall, the show’s crier-in-chief, struggles with the very meaning of life. Helena Andrews-dyer, Washington Post, 25 May 2022 Citadelle, who Ali said is not a crier, teared up after the Scott brothers surprised her with the news of the renovation. Antonia Debianchi,, 4 May 2022 Later still, to the amusement of some villagers and the dismay of others, Salka insists on wearing trousers, and becomes both a union organizer for the fishermen and a towering crier-out against injustice. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2022 But perhaps the movies’ most ferocious crier is Glenn Close. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 Another study found that men were much less willing to help crying men than crying women, while women's willingness to help didn't drastically differ depending on the crier's gender. Whizy Kim,, 24 June 2021 When no wolf was found, the crier lost all credibility. Fortune, 23 Dec. 2020 Even as its peers in Hong Kong, London, Tokyo, Toronto and Mumbai have abandoned their trading floors, the New York Stock Exchange has retained its famous pit and human criers. The Economist, 25 May 2020 See More

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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 2 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition



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

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