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Meaning of HERALD

Pronunciation:  'heruld

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an indication of the approach of something or someone
  2. [n]  (formal) a person who announces important news; "the chieftain had a herald who announced his arrival with a trumpet"
  3. [v]  praise vociferously
  4. [v]  greet enthusiastically or joyfully
  5. [v]  foreshadow or presage

HERALD is a 6 letter word that starts with H.


 Synonyms: acclaim, announce, annunciate, forerunner, foretell, hail, harbinger, harbinger, precursor, trumpeter
 See Also: applaud, courier, greet, indicant, indication, messenger, recognise, recognize, tell



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Her"ald\, n. [OE. herald, heraud, OF. heralt, heraut,
    herault, F. h['e]raut, LL. heraldus, haraldus, fr. (assumed)
    OHG. heriwalto, hariwaldo, a (civil) officer who serves the
    army; hari, heri, army + waltan to manage, govern, G. walten;
    akin to E. wield. See {Harry}, {Wield}.]
    1. (Antiq.) 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. In the Middle Ages, the officer charged with the above
       duties, and also with the care of genealogies, of the
       rights and privileges of noble families, and especially of
       armorial bearings. In modern times, some vestiges of this
       office remain, especially in England. See {Heralds'
       College} (below), and {King-at-Arms}.
    3. A proclaimer; one who, or that which, publishes or
       announces; as, the herald of another's fame. --Shak.
    4. A forerunner; a a precursor; a harbinger.
             It was the lark, the herald of the morn. --Shak.
    5. Any messenger. ``My herald is returned.'' --Shak.
    {Heralds' College}, in England, an ancient corporation,
       dependent upon the crown, instituted or perhaps recognized
       by Richard III. in 1483, consisting of the three
       Kings-at-Arms and the Chester, Lancaster, Richmond,
       Somerset, Windsor, and York Heralds, together with the
       Earl Marshal. This retains from the Middle Ages the charge
       of the armorial bearings of persons privileged to bear
       them, as well as of genealogies and kindred subjects; --
       called also {College of Arms}.
  2. \Her"ald\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Heralded}; p. pr. & vb.
    n. {Heralding}.] [Cf. OF. herauder, heraulder.]
    To introduce, or give tidings of, as by a herald; to
    proclaim; to announce; to foretell; to usher in. --Shak.
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