Definition of herald noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈherəld//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈherəld//
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  1. 1something that shows that something else is going to happen soon The government claims that the fall in unemployment is the herald of economic recovery. I think of primroses as the heralds of spring.
  2. 2(in the past) a person who carried messages from a ruler
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French herault (noun), herauder (verb), of Germanic origin.
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