Definitions for HERALDˈhɛr əld

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

her•aldˈhɛr əld(n.)

  1. a royal or official messenger, esp. one representing a monarch in an ambassadorial capacity during wartime.

    Category: Western History

  2. a person or thing that precedes or comes before; forerunner; harbinger:

    the swallows, heralds of spring.

  3. a person or thing that proclaims or announces.

  4. (in the Middle Ages) an officer who arranged tournaments and other functions, announced challenges, marshaled combatants, etc.

    Category: Western History

  5. an officer of a body concerned with armorial bearings, genealogies, etc., esp. an officer ranking between a king-of-arms and a pursuivant.

    Category: Heraldry

  6. (v.t.)to give tidings of; proclaim; publicize.

  7. to signal the coming of; usher in.

Origin of herald:

1300–50; ME herau(l)d < OF herau(l)t < Frankish *heriwald=*heri army +*wald commander (see wield )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. herald, trumpeter(noun)

    (formal) a person who announces important news

    "the chieftain had a herald who announced his arrival with a trumpet"

  2. harbinger, forerunner, predecessor, herald, precursor(verb)

    something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone

  3. announce, annunciate, harbinger, foretell, herald(verb)

    foreshadow or presage

  4. acclaim, hail, herald(verb)

    praise vociferously

    "The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein"

  5. hail, herald(verb)

    greet enthusiastically or joyfully


  1. herald(Noun)

    A messenger, especially one bringing important news.

    The herald blew his trumpet and shouted that the King was dead.

  2. herald(Noun)

    A harbinger, giving signs of things to come.

    Daffodils are heralds of Spring.

  3. herald(Noun)

    An official whose speciality is heraldry, especially one between the ranks of pursuivant and king of arms.

    Rouge Dragon is a herald at the College of Arms.

  4. herald(Noun)

    A moth (Scoliopteryx libatrix)

  5. herald(Verb)

    To proclaim, announce, etc. an event.

    Daffodils herald the Spring.

  6. Origin: From heraud, from heraut, hiraut (French: héraut).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Herald(noun)

    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. Herald(noun)

    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. Herald(noun)

    a proclaimer; one who, or that which, publishes or announces; as, the herald of another's fame

  4. Herald(noun)

    a forerunner; a a precursor; a harbinger

  5. Herald(noun)

    any messenger

  6. Herald(verb)

    to introduce, or give tidings of, as by a herald; to proclaim; to announce; to foretell; to usher in


  1. Herald

    A herald, or, more correctly, a herald of arms, is an officer of arms, ranking between pursuivant and king of arms. The title is commonly applied more broadly to all officers of arms. Heralds were originally messengers sent by monarchs or noblemen to convey messages or proclamations—in this sense being the predecessors of the modern diplomats. In the Hundred Years' War, French heralds challenged King Henry V to fight. During the Battle of Agincourt, the English and the French herald, Montjoie, watched the battle together from a nearby hill; both agreed that the English were the victors, and Montjoie provided King Henry V, who thus earned the right to name the battle, with the name of the nearby castle. Like other officers of arms, a herald would often wear a surcoat, called a tabard, decorated with the coat of arms of his master. It was possibly due to their role in managing the tournaments of the Late Middle Ages that heralds came to be associated with the regulation of the knights' coats of arms. This science of heraldry became increasingly important and further regulated over the years, and in several countries around the world it is still overseen by heralds. Thus the primary job of a herald today is to be an expert in coats of arms. In the United Kingdom heralds are still called upon at times to read proclamations publicly; for which they still wear tabards emblazoned with the royal coat of arms.

Anagrams of HERALD

  1. hardel

Translations for HERALD

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


formerly, a person who carries and reads important messages and notices (eg from a king)

The king sent out heralds to announce the new law.

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