Definition of Herald

1. Noun. (formal) a person who announces important news. "The chieftain had a herald who announced his arrival with a trumpet"

Exact synonyms: Trumpeter
Language type: Formality
Generic synonyms: Courier, Messenger
Derivative terms: Trumpet, Trumpet

2. Verb. Foreshadow or presage.
Exact synonyms: Announce, Annunciate, Foretell, Harbinger
Generic synonyms: Tell
Derivative terms: Annunciator, Harbinger

3. Noun. Something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone.
Exact synonyms: Forerunner, Harbinger, Precursor, Predecessor
Generic synonyms: Indicant, Indication
Derivative terms: Harbinger

4. Verb. Praise vociferously. "Sam and Sue herald the movie "; "The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein"
Exact synonyms: Acclaim, Hail
Generic synonyms: Applaud
Derivative terms: Acclaim, Acclamation

5. Verb. Greet enthusiastically or joyfully.
Exact synonyms: Hail
Generic synonyms: Greet, Recognise, Recognize
Derivative terms: Hail

Definition of Herald

1. n. An officer whose business was to denounce or proclaim war, to challenge to battle, to proclaim peace, and to bear messages from the commander of an army. He was invested with a sacred and inviolable character.

2. v. t. To introduce, or give tidings of, as by a herald; to proclaim; to announce; to foretell; to usher in.

Definition of Herald

1. Noun. A messenger, especially one bringing important news. ¹

2. Noun. A harbinger, giving signs of things to come. ¹

3. Noun. (heraldry) An official whose speciality is heraldry, especially one between the ranks of pursuivant and king of arms. ¹

4. Noun. (entomology) A moth (''Scoliopteryx libatrix'') ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To proclaim, announce, etc. an event. ¹

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Definition of Herald

1. to proclaim [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: proclaim

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Herald

her indoors
herald (current term)
herald patch
heraldic bearing

Literary usage of Herald

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1. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1849)
"The herald said in reply, " Then they are not the arms of those who fought ... When the herald heard that, and learned that the reinforcement from the city ..."

2. The Writings of Henry David Thoreau by Henry David Thoreau (1906)
"herald OF FREEDOM1 \VE had occasionally, for several years, met with a number of this spirited journal, edited, as abolitionists need not to be informed, ..."

3. The Iliad of Homer by Homer, John Graham Cordery (1871)
"The elder all in fear awoke The herald; to whose aid the God quick yoked The ... standing upright on the car, With him the clear-voiced herald of the town ..."

4. Publications by Oxford Historical Society, Bostonian Society (1892)
"Who answered her that the practice was that every one of the society of heralds doth rise gradually upon a vacancy and that when any herald dies the eldest ..."

5. Bulletin of the New York Public Library by New York public library (1921)
"(herald of Asia. Tokyo, Dec. 1, 1917. f°. v. 5, p. 294-295. ... (herald of Asia. Tokyo, July 31, 1920. f°. v.9, p. 482^483. ..."

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