herald

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Etymology[edit]

From Anglo-Norman heraud, from Old French heraut, hiraut (French: héraut).

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herald (plural heralds)

  1. A messenger, especially one bringing important news.
    The herald blew his trumpet and shouted that the King was dead.
  2. A harbinger, giving signs of things to come.
    Daffodils are heralds of Spring.
  3. (heraldry) An official whose speciality is heraldry, especially one between the ranks of pursuivant and king of arms.
    Rouge Dragon is a herald at the College of Arms.
  4. (entomology) A moth (Scoliopteryx libatrix)

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herald (third-person singular simple present heralds, present participle heralding, simple past and past participle heralded)

  1. (transitive) To proclaim, announce, etc. an event.
    Daffodils herald the Spring.

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