herald

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From Anglo-Norman heraud, from Old French heraut, hiraut (French: héraut), ultimately from Frankish *heriwald, from *heri(army) + *wald(reigning; ruling). Last part cognate with Latin valeō.

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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 of the species 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 or announce an event.
    Daffodils herald the Spring.
  2. (transitive, usually passive) To greet something with excitement; to hail.
    The film was heralded by critics.

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