town crier

noun

Definition of town crier 

: a town officer who makes public proclamations

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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 So far, the live feed has captured Tony Appleton, a town crier, announce the baby's birth. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "Here's How to Watch the Livestream of the Royal Baby No. 3’s Public Debut," 23 Apr. 2018 Without question, town crier Tony Appleton has been the most anxious about the arrival of the new prince. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Hear Ye, Hear Ye! The Town Crier Announces Royal Baby No. 3," 23 Apr. 2018 Though the town crier is a sham, there is an official way for royal births to be announced, Corden noted: a framed birth notice sits atop a golden easel outside Buckingham Palace. 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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1560, in the meaning defined above

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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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