Definitions for Harbingerˈhɑr bɪn dʒər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

har•bin•gerˈhɑr bɪn dʒər(n.)

  1. one that announces or foreshadows the approach of someone or something; forerunner; herald.

  2. a person sent in advance of troops, a royal train, etc., to provide or secure lodgings and other accommodations.

  3. (v.t.)to act as harbinger to; herald the coming of.

Origin of harbinger:

1125–75; late ME herbenger, alter. of ME herbegere, dissimilated var. of OF herberg(i)ere host =herberg(ier) to shelter (< Gmc; see harbor ) +-iere -er2

Princeton's WordNet

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

    something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone

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

    foreshadow or presage


  1. harbinger(Noun)

    A person or thing that foreshadows or foretells the coming of someone or something.

  2. harbinger(Verb)

    To announce; to be a harbinger of.

  3. 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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Harbinger(noun)

    one who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings

  2. Harbinger(noun)

    a forerunner; a precursor; a messenger

  3. Harbinger(verb)

    to usher in; to be a harbinger of


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