Definition of tiding
: a piece of news —usually used in plural good tidings
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Next door in Virginia, the day will bring good news for ticket scalpers and people with unpaid court fines, but bad tidings for university boards that want to jack up tuition while no one is looking.
The idea behind Star Wars: Battlefront 2, besides taking your money, is to shore up the 30-year span between Return of the Jedi's rebel triumph and The Force Awakens' grimmer tidings.
Grave TidingsThe mass grave at Schöneck-Kilianstädten, on the outskirts of Frankfurt, Germany, may mark the aftermath of one such guerrilla raid.
The big reason for such good tidings inside the locker room and in the blue-colored seats?
That hapless curmudgeon cannot even wish good tidings on what is certain to be a wonderful celebration of our great northern spirit.
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Did You Know?
Good tidings we bring to you and your kin, goes a line from the popular 16th-century carol "We Wish You a Merry Christmas." Another carol, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (1833), speaks of "tidings of comfort and joy." Although there is nothing inherent in the meaning or origin of "tiding" that specifically pertains to Christmas (it derives via Middle English from Old English and relates to betide, meaning "to happen especially by fate"), we most often see the word in contexts pertaining to the Christmas season. The most notable usage, perhaps, occurs in Luke 2:10 of the King James Bible, when the angel delivers the news of the arrival of the Savior: "Fear not: for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people."
Origin and Etymology of tiding
Middle English, from Old English tīdung, from tīdan to betide
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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