town crier


Definition of town crier

: a town officer who makes public proclamations

Examples of town crier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So much so, that there won't be a traditional Lindo Wing photo or town crier. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Has Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Royal Baby Already Been Born?," 11 Apr. 2019 Byanyima’s organization serves as the town crier at the World Economic Forum’s various annual events, warning the global jet-setting elites of the yawning divides their policies have created. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "What an African free-trade deal means for the world," 9 Sep. 2019 Toll-takers on Bay Area bridges soon will go the way of switchboard operators, milkmen and town criers — and a meeting Wednesday night in San Francisco inched them just a bit closer to their expiration date. Rick Hurd, The Mercury News, "Got FasTrak? Automated toll collecting coming to all Bay Area bridges," 5 Sep. 2019 In his neighborhood of Old Delhi — the original city center of the capital, New Delhi — Mr. Shafiq was once one of dozens of other town criers servicing thousands of homes, each assigned a zone. New York Times, "The Personal Wake-Up Call to Prayers, a Ramadan Tradition, Is Endangered," 13 June 2018 Watch him in action here: Appleton is clearly well-versed in the duties of town crier. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Town Crier Tony Appleton Is Ready to Proclaim the Birth of Royal Baby No. 3," 18 Apr. 2018 In addition to his town crier responsibilities, Appleton owns a small elderly care home in Great Baddow, near Chelmsford. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Town Crier Tony Appleton Is Ready to Proclaim the Birth of Royal Baby No. 3," 18 Apr. 2018 Twitter’s tighter embrace of news comes as Facebook Inc. is softening its pursuit of becoming the town crier. Georgia Wells, WSJ, "Twitter Has More News It Thinks You Want to Follow," 13 June 2018 As several hosts noted, an unofficial—some might say fake—town crier made the birth announcement on the steps of the hospital. Laura Bradley, HWD, "Trevor Noah Guesses the Queen’s First Words to the Royal Baby: “I Will Outlive You!”," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of town crier

1560, in the meaning defined above

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“Town crier.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 12 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of town crier

old-fashioned : an official who made public announcements in past times

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