tid·ing | \ˈtī-diŋ \

Definition of tiding 

: a piece of news usually used in plural good tidings

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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."

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And perhaps the good monetary tidings will hurry along the negotiations between the chambers, which have both passed versions of a state spending plan but have not yet been able to reconcile them. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "State lands tax windfall: $1.2 billion more than expected," 6 July 2018 The times and tidings of the three presidents couldn’t be more diverse. Carol Cain, Detroit Free Press, "What 3 Michigan university presidents said about state's higher education," 12 May 2018 That’s probably good tidings for the whole autonomous vehicle industry, which still scares its fair share of Americans. Aarian Marshall, WIRED, "Massachusetts Welcomes Self-Driving Cars—With a Couple Caveats," 21 June 2018 Sample cookies, spiced coffee and tea and celebrate with good tidings for all. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Weekend guide: "The Nutcracker" opening, Dickens of a Day, holiday animation and more," 6 Dec. 2017 Some glad tidings did arrive, in the person of Eugenio Suarez. Tom Groeschen, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati Reds: Eugenio Suarez activated from DL, Herrera called up, 2 others sent down," 26 Apr. 2018 Unfortunately, the good tidings for Emma may end there because of her next remarks. Lauren Le Vine, Redbook, "Emma Thompson Is the Latest Celeb Under Fire for Working Mom Comments," 27 May 2014 And the Decemberists proved bearers of bad tidings. Bob Gendron, chicagotribune.com, "Wit and whimsy ever present at Decemberists' Chicago Theatre show," 11 Apr. 2018 Soon reinforced by Howe’s fleet, the defenders held out until February 1783, when tidings of peace finally ended the epic siege. Stephen Brumwell, WSJ, "‘Gibraltar’ Review: When the Rock Was a Hard Place," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of tiding

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tiding

Middle English, from Old English tīdung, from tīdan to betide

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