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From Late Old English tīdung, from tīdan ‎(to befall, happen), probably with assimilation to -ing.[1] Either from or influenced by Old Norse tíðindi[2] ( > Danish/Norwegian tidende). Cognate with Dutch tijding, German Zeitung.


tiding ‎(plural tidings)

  1. (usually in the plural) news; new information
    • Glad tidings we bring To you and your kin. — A traditional Christmas carol.
    • 1843 Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, Book 2, Ch. 2, St. Edmundsbury
      But yet it is pity we had lost tidings of our souls: actually we shall have to go in quest of them again, or worse in all ways will befall!



  1. ^ T.F. Hoad, Concise Dictionary of English Etymology, ISBN 978-0-19-283098-2; headword tidings
  2. ^ tidings in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913