What does Harbinger mean?

Definitions for Harbingerˈhɑr bɪn dʒər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Harbinger.

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

  4. 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

  1. Harbinger

    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.]

Editors Contribution

  1. harbinger

    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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Harbinger in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Harbinger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Andy Hall:

    Oil's collapse was being read as the harbinger of some greater economic malaise.

  2. Pastor Gordon:

    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.

  3. Cassandra Stubbs:

    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.

  4. Paul Hackett:

    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.

  5. Mattia Toaldo:

    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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Translations for Harbinger

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • herald, anunciar, anunciadorCatalan, Valencian
  • Vorbote, Omen, ankündigen, VorzeichenGerman
  • πρόδρομος, προάγγελος, προαναγγέλλωGreek
  • anunciante, anunciar, anunciador, heraldoSpanish
  • airutFinnish
  • annoncer, présager, présageFrench
  • fyrirboði, boðberi, undanfariIcelandic
  • araldo, annunciare, foriero, premonitore, messaggero, profetizzare, premonitrice, presagire, profeta, presagio, precursore, premonireItalian
  • 前触れJapanese
  • praenuntius, destinarat purgandis mentibus praepositamLatin
  • voorbode, aankondigenDutch
  • innvarsleNorwegian
  • zwiastunPolish
  • arautoPortuguese
  • vestitorRomanian
  • провозвестник, предвещать, предвестникRussian
  • nagovest, predšasnik, navesnik, najava, nagoveštajSerbo-Croatian
  • förebud, förlöpare, förebåda, varslaSwedish

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