tid·​ing | \ ˈtī-diŋ How to pronounce tiding (audio) \

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."

Examples of tiding in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images LONDON — Of all the glad tidings that Prime Minister Boris Johnson promised would flow from Brexit, one of the most far-fetched was a baby boom. Mark Landler, New York Times, "For Boris Johnson, Britain’s Baby Boom Starts at Downing Street," 29 Feb. 2020 Goodbye and good tidings After a false ending, the cast returned for an encore to give goodbye messages. Amanda Ostuni, EW.com, "Wynonna Earp stars share anxieties and hints about delayed season 4 during virtual HomeCon panel," 11 Apr. 2020 Henrietta can barely muster polite interest in the family tidings. Washington Post, "‘Silent Sky’ tells the story of pioneering female astronomers with humor and warmth," 3 Feb. 2020 Expected or not, the tidings from www.hangoutmusicfest.com are stark: General Admission, VIP and Super VIP passes all are listed as sold out, after general sales started on Dec. 9. al, "The Hangout sellout: What’s it going to cost you now?," 23 Dec. 2019 Do not involve yourself in this potential mess and do not be the bearer of bad tidings to your aunt. Abigail Van Buren, Twin Cities, "Dear Abby: Widowed mother begins an affair with her married brother-in-law," 8 Oct. 2019 The carols may have vanished from the stores by the 26th, but our inboxes are piled high with tidings of the Season of Giving right up through New Year’s Eve. Daniel E. Burns, National Review, "The Charitable-Giving Deduction Needs to Be Fixed," 23 Jan. 2020 According to Sakha tradition, tusk hunting violates the sacred ground and brings bad tidings. oregonlive, "In fast-thawing Siberia, radical climate change is warping the Earth beneath the feet of millions," 5 Oct. 2019 Continuing on their tour of glad tidings, the choir performed Dec. 14 in Old Town Spring. Claire Goodman, Houston Chronicle, "Katy Youth Choir spreads Christmas cheer," 23 Dec. 2019

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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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“Tiding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiding. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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