Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person who carries or proclaims important news; a messenger.
  • n. One that gives a sign or indication of something to come; a harbinger: The crocus is a herald of spring.
  • n. An official whose specialty is heraldry.
  • n. An official formerly charged with making royal proclamations and bearing messages of state between sovereigns.
  • n. An official who formerly made proclamations and conveyed challenges at a tournament.
  • transitive v. To proclaim; announce: cheers that heralded the team's arrival.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A messenger, especially one bringing important news.
  • n. A harbinger, giving signs of things to come.
  • n. An official whose specialty is heraldry, especially one between the ranks of pursuivant and king of arms.
  • n. A moth (Scoliopteryx libatrix)
  • v. To proclaim, announce, etc. an event.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An officer whose business was to denounce or proclaim war, to challenge to battle, to proclaim peace, and to bear messages from the commander of an army. He was invested with a sacred and inviolable character.
  • n. In the Middle Ages, the officer charged with the above duties, and also with the care of genealogies, of the rights and privileges of noble families, and especially of armorial bearings. In modern times, some vestiges of this office remain, especially in England. See Heralds' College (below), and King-at-Arms.
  • n. A proclaimer; one who, or that which, publishes or announces.
  • n. A forerunner; a a precursor; a harbinger.
  • n. Any messenger.
  • transitive v. To introduce, or give tidings of, as by a herald; to proclaim; to announce; to foretell; to usher in.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An officer sent by a sovereign, a general, or other person of high authority to another, or to an army or public assembly, with a formal message or proclamation, or employed in related duties.
  • n. In extended modern use, any official messenger, especially one charged with a message of defiance, a proposition of peace, or the like.
  • n. A proclaimer; a publisher; a crier; an announcer of important tidings.
  • n. A forerunner; a precursor; a harbinger: sometimes used poetically in apposition or attributively.
  • n. The red-breasted merganser, Mergus serrator, more fully called herald-duck. See earl-duck, harle.
  • n. A noctuid moth, Gonoptera libatrix: an English collectors’ name. See Gonoptera.
  • To proclaim; give tidings of as a herald; announce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. greet enthusiastically or joyfully
  • v. foreshadow or presage
  • v. praise vociferously
  • n. (formal) a person who announces important news
  • n. something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone

Etymologies

Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, of Germanic origin; see koro- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Anglo-Norman heraud, from Old French heraut, hiraut (French: héraut). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Bozo The Neoclown says: hey pattycakes, you do realize the boston herald is owned by the dreaded new york times. right, shitstain?

    Think Progress » ThinkFast: February 16, 2010

  • Then I called the herald, and said, "Sound for the fire."

    The Bull From The Sea

  • Before Saladin the Great uttered his last sigh he called the herald who had carried his banner before him in all his battles, and commanded him to fasten to the top of the spear a shroud in which he was to be buried, and to proclaim, "This is all that remains to Saladin the Great of all his glory."

    Life and Conduct

  • Expectation of Edward's approach had been the reason of his withdrawing his herald from the camp of Bruce, and though the king did not arrive time enough to save Stirling, Mowbray yet hoped he might still be continuing his promised march.

    The Scottish Chiefs

  • The The Christian herald is also a combatant, in which respect he is distinguished from the herald at the games.

    Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

  • Alcinous called a herald, and bade him go and fetch the harper.

    Heroes, or Greek Fairy Tales for My Children

  • So, the herald was a decided failure, and the crowd hooted with great energy, as he pranced ingloriously away.

    Sketches by Boz

  • _Seymour_, and claim to be of the Duke of Somerset's family, showing a clear descent from the Protector to Edward Seymour, (1630,) -- then a jump that would break a herald's neck to one Seth Saymore,

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 05, No. 30, April, 1860

  • Nan insisted on playing cut off her toe with a carving-knife, and performed that operation so well that the herald was alarmed, and begged her to be "welly keerful."

    Little Men: Life at Plumfield With Jo's Boys

  • Perhaps his herald was a simple longing to be at rest, joy at his approach blotting out all bitterness and regret.

    More Pages from a Journal

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