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Meaning of HARBINGER

Pronunciation:  'hârbinjur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an indication of the approach of something or someone
  2. [v]  foreshadow or presage

HARBINGER is a 9 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: announce, annunciate, forerunner, foretell, herald, herald, precursor
 See Also: indicant, indication, tell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Har"bin*ger\, n. [OE. herbergeour, OF. herbergeor one
    who provides lodging, fr. herbergier to provide lodging, F.
    h['e]berger, OF. herberge lodging, inn, F. auberge; of German
    origin. See {Harbor}.]
    1. One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the
       English royal household who formerly preceded the court
       when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings. --Fuller.
    2. A forerunner; a precursor; a messenger.
             I knew by these harbingers who were coming.
  2. \Har"bin*ger\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Harbingered}; p.
    pr. & vb. n. {Harbingering}.]
    To usher in; to be a harbinger of. ``Thus did the star of
    religious freedom harbinger the day.'' --Bancroft.
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