Definition of herald noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    herald

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    noun
    NAmE//ˈhɛrəld//
     
     
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  1. 1 something 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 crocuses as the heralds of spring.
  2. 2(in the past) a person who carried messages from a ruler
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