harbinger, forerunner, predecessor, herald, precursor(verb)
something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
announce, annunciate, harbinger, foretell, herald(verb)
foreshadow or presage
A person or thing that foreshadows or foretells the coming of someone or something.
To announce; to be a harbinger of.
Origin: Originally, a person that is sent in advance to provide lodgings. From herbergeour, from herbergeor ( > French héberger), from *, from harjaz + bergô. Compare German Herberge, Italian albergo, Dutch herberg, English harbour. More at here, borrow.
one who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings
a forerunner; a precursor; a messenger
to usher in; to be a harbinger of
Origin: [OE. herbergeour, OF. herbergeor one who provides lodging, fr. herbergier to provide lodging, F. hberger, OF. herberge lodging, inn, F. auberge; of German origin. See Harbor.]
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
här′bin-jėr, n. a forerunner, pioneer, originally one who goes forward to provide lodging.—v.t. to precede, as a harbinger. [M. E. herbergeour. See Harbour.]
A "harbinger" is a carrier. Also, one that initiates a major change : a person or thing that originates or helps open up a new activity, method, or technology.
Harbinger of woe.
The numerical value of Harbinger in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Harbinger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Oil's collapse was being read as the harbinger of some greater economic malaise.
It’s a harbinger of more trouble to come if we don’t address it right now and hold them accountable to what they are saying.
This shows that the Supreme Court continues to apply close scrutiny to the death penalty. I think it's really a harbinger of the day coming when the Supreme Court is going to strike it down.
That very tight margin in a race that should never have been competitive in the first place was a harbinger of 2006, when Democrats got extremely fired up and won a whole lot of previously red seats.
The victorious end of Misrata's offensive on Sirte could be the harbinger of more infighting between different factions, ultimately, the current relative absence of violence in Libya is very fragile in many areas and could crumble under these multiple pressures.
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- herald, anunciar, anunciadorCatalan, Valencian
- Vorbote, Omen, ankündigen, VorzeichenGerman
- πρόδρομος, προάγγελος, προαναγγέλλωGreek
- anunciante, anunciar, anunciadorSpanish
- annoncer, présager, présageFrench
- fyrirboði, boðberi, undanfariIcelandic
- araldo, annunciare, foriero, premonitore, messaggero, profetizzare, premonitrice, presagire, profeta, presagio, precursore, premonireItalian
- voorbode, aankondigenDutch
- провозвестник, предвещать, предвестникRussian
- nagovest, predšasnik, navesnik, najava, nagoveštajSerbo-Croatian
- förebud, förlöpare, förebåda, varslaSwedish
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