Definition of harbinger
- the great legal harbinger of the New Deal revolution
- a harbinger of nanotechnology
- the harbingers of peace to a hitherto distracted … people
- —David Livingstone
- robins, crocuses, and other harbingers of spring
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her father's successful job interview was seen as a harbinger of better times to come
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First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
the hope that the housing slump does not harbinger a general economic recession
: something that shows what is coming
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