herald

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈhɛrəld/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈhɛrəld/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(herəld)


WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
her•ald /ˈhɛrəld/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. World Historya royal or official messenger.
  2. a person or thing that comes before;
    forerunner;
    harbinger:The swallows are heralds of spring.

v. [+ object]
  1. to signal the coming of;
    usher in:Daffodils herald the arrival of spring.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
her•ald  (herəld),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. World History(formerly) a royal or official messenger, esp. one representing a monarch in an ambassadorial capacity during wartime.
  2. a person or thing that precedes or comes before;
    forerunner;
    harbinger:the returning swallows, those heralds of spring.
  3. a person or thing that proclaims or announces:A good newspaper should be a herald of truth.
  4. World History(in the Middle Ages) an officer who arranged tournaments and other functions, announced challenges, marshaled combatants, etc., and who was later employed also to arrange processions, funerals, etc., and to regulate the use of armorial bearings.
  5. Heraldry, Scottish Termsan official intermediate in rank between a king-of-arms and a pursuivant, in the Heralds' College in England or the Heralds' Office in Scotland.

v.t. 
  1. to give news or tidings of;
    announce;
    proclaim:a publicity campaign to herald a new film.
  2. to indicate or signal the coming of;
    usher in.
  • Frankish *heriwald, equivalent. to *heri army + *wald commander (see wield). Compare name Harold
  • Old French herau(l)t
  • Middle English herau(l)d 1300–50
    • 7.See corresponding entry in Unabridged publicize, ballyhoo, tout.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
herald /ˈhɛrəld/ n
  1. a person who announces important news
  2. (as modifier): herald angels
  3. often literary a forerunner; harbinger
  4. the intermediate rank of heraldic officer, between king-of-arms and pursuivant
  5. (in the Middle Ages) an official at a tournament
vb (transitive)
  1. to announce publicly
  2. to precede or usher in
Etymology: 14th Century: from Old French herault, of Germanic origin; compare Old English here war; see wield
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