town crier

noun

Definition of town crier

: a town officer who makes public proclamations

Examples of town crier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web New Glasgow's town crier James Stewart recounted the story: During World War I, Halifax ported ships that were getting ready to convoy across the Atlantic. Emily D'alessandro, CBS News, 25 Dec. 2021 Two unexpected highlights are Billy Eichner as dot-com town crier Matt Drudge and Cobie Smulders as far-right cable Cruella de Vil Ann Coulter. Olivia Nuzzi, Vulture, 28 Sep. 2021 Another piece depicts a veker, the traditional town crier who wakes the devoted at dawn for morning penance, holding a lantern at a window, also with no arms. Avital Chizhik-goldschmidt, The Atlantic, 24 Sep. 2021 The event kicks off at 8:45 p.m. with a town crier and Alexandria’s Poet Laureate, KaNikki Jakarta. Washington Post, 8 July 2021 In several American colonies, instead of prison terms, certain criminals had their town crier access suspended for two years. Washington Post, 24 June 2021 The most important roles of local reporters are to play watchdog and town crier on policy and legislative issues happening in our own hyperlocal area to keep residents informed, aware and prepared to advocate when necessary. baltimoresun.com, 17 Mar. 2021 Kidd is a sort of town crier of the Old West, and Hanks gets one or two speeches that take advantage of his homespun Jimmy Stewartness, exhorting crowds to make their peace with the recent war. Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 11 Jan. 2021 Like a town crier of old, Mendez began shouting, in the tongue of his Tarahumara mother, an invitation to the four corners of Santa Rita. John Maccormack, San Antonio Express-News, 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of town crier

1560, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of town crier was in 1560

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1 Jan 2022

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“Town crier.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/town%20crier. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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town crier

noun

English Language Learners Definition of town crier

: an official who made public announcements in past times

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