herald

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English[edit]

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  • IPA(key): /ˈhɛɹəld/
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Etymology 1[edit]

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.

Noun[edit]

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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Verb[edit]

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.
    • 2020 December 2, Paul Bigland, “My weirdest and wackiest Rover yet”, in Rail, page 67:
      Our arrival at Worcester is heralded by the appearance of the city's cathedral tower, a solid square structure that's dominated the skyline since the 12th century.
  2. (transitive, usually passive) To greet something with excitement; to hail.
    The film was heralded by critics.
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Noun[edit]

herald (plural heralds)

  1. Alternative form of hareld (long-tailed duck)

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