From Middle English herald, herauld, heraud, from Anglo-Norman heraud, from Old French heraut, hiraut (modern French héraut), from Frankish *heriwald, from Proto-Germanic *harjawaldaz, a compound consisting of Proto-Indo-European *ker- (“army”) + *h₂welh₁- (“to be strong”). Compare Walter, which has these elements reversed.
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herald (plural heralds)
- A messenger, especially one bringing important news.
- The herald blew his trumpet and shouted that the King was dead.
- A harbinger, giving signs of things to come.
- Daffodils are heralds of Spring.
- (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.
- (entomology) A moth of the species Scoliopteryx libatrix.
- (transitive) To proclaim or announce an event.
- Daffodils herald the Spring.
- (transitive, usually passive) To greet something with excitement; to hail.
- The film was heralded by critics.