tiding

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

Definition of tiding

: a piece of news usually used in pluralgood 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 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 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 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 So the villages here are canaries in the collective coal mine – carriers of bleak tidings from a warmer future. Simon Montlake, The Christian Science Monitor, "Will climate change force this Alaska village to relocate?," 1 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'tiding.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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18 Feb 2020

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“Tiding.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiding. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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