What does Herald mean?

Definitions for Herald
ˈhɛr əldHer·ald

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. herald, trumpeternoun

    (formal) a person who announces important news

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

  2. harbinger, forerunner, predecessor, herald, precursorverb

    something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone

  3. announce, annunciate, harbinger, foretell, heraldverb

    foreshadow or presage

  4. acclaim, hail, heraldverb

    praise vociferously

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

  5. hail, heraldverb

    greet enthusiastically or joyfully


  1. heraldnoun

    A messenger, especially one bringing important news.

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

  2. heraldnoun

    A harbinger, giving signs of things to come.

    Daffodils are heralds of Spring.

  3. heraldnoun

    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. heraldnoun

    A moth (Scoliopteryx libatrix)

  5. heraldverb

    To proclaim, announce, etc. an event.

    Daffodils herald the Spring.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HERALDnoun

    Etymology: herault, French; herald, German.

    May none, whose scatter’d names honour my book,
    For strict degrees of rank or title look;
    ’Tis ’gainst the manners of an epigram,
    And I a poet here, no herald am. Ben Jonson, Epigrams.

    When time shall serve, let but the herald cry,
    And I’ll appear again. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    After my death I wish no other herald,
    No other speaker of my living actions,
    But such an honest chronicler as Griffith. William Shakespeare, Hen. VIII.

    Embassador of peace, if peace you chuse;
    Or herald of a war, if you refuse. John Dryden, Ind. Emperor.

    Please thy pride, and search the herald ’s roll,
    Where thou shalt find thy famous pedigree. Dryden.

    It is the part of men to fear and tremble,
    When the most mighty gods, by tokens, send
    Such dreadful heralds to astonish us. William Shakespeare, Julius Cæsar.

    It was the lark, the herald of the morn. William Shakespeare.

  2. To Heraldverb

    To introduce as an herald. A word not used.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    We are sent
    To give thee from our royal master thanks;
    Only to herald thee into his sight,
    Not pay thee. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Heraldnoun

    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. Heraldnoun

    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. Heraldnoun

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

  4. Heraldnoun

    a forerunner; a a precursor; a harbinger

  5. Heraldnoun

    any messenger

  6. Heraldverb

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

  7. Etymology: [OE. herald, heraud, OF. heralt, heraut, herault, F. hraut, LL. heraldus, haraldus, fr. (assumed) OHG. heriwalto, hariwaldo, a (civil) officer who serves the army; hari, heri, army + waltan to manage, govern, G. walten; akin to E. wield. See Harry, Wield.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Herald

    her′ald, n. in ancient times, an officer who made public proclamations and arranged ceremonies: in medieval times, an officer who had charge of all the etiquette of chivalry, keeping a register of the genealogies and armorial bearings of the nobles: an officer whose duty is to read proclamations, to blazon the arms of the nobility, &c.: a proclaimer: a forerunner: the red-breasted merganser, usually Her′ald-duck.—v.t. to introduce, as by a herald: to proclaim.—adj. Heral′dic, of or relating to heralds or heraldry.—adv. Heral′dically.—ns. Her′aldry, the art or office of a herald: the science of recording genealogies and blazoning coats of arms; Her′aldship.—Heralds' College (see College). [O. Fr. herault; of Teut. origin, Old High Ger. hari (A.S. here, Ger. heer), an army, and wald=walt, strength, sway.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. herald

    An officer in the European courts, whose duty consists in the regulation of armorial bearings, the marshaling of processions, and the superintendence of pubic ceremonies. In the Middle Ages heralds were highly honored, and enjoyed important privileges; their functions also included the bearing of messages between royal personages, and registering all chivalric exercises; the computation of the slain after battle; and the recording of the valiant acts of the falling or surviving combatants. The office of herald is probably as old as the origin of coat-armor. In England the principal heraldic officers are designated kings-of-arms, or kings-at-arms, and the novitiates or learners are styled pursuivants. There are in England three kings-at-arms, named by their offices Garter, Clarencieux, and Norroy; six heralds,—Somerset, Chester, Windsor, Richmond, Lancaster, and York; and four pursuivants, called Rouge Dragon, Portcullis, Blue Mantle, and Rouge Croix. In Scotland the principal heraldic officer is the Lyon king-at-arms; and there are six heralds,—Snowdoun, Albany, Ross, Rothesay, Marchmont, and Ilay; and five pursuivants,—Unicorn, Carrick, Kintyre, Ormond, and Bute. Ireland has one king-at-arms, Ulster; two heralds, Cork and Dublin; and two pursuivants, of whom the senior bears the title of Athlone, and the other is called the pursuivant of St. Patrick.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Herald in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Herald in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Herald in a Sentence

  1. Jonathan Parsons:

    It’s pretty rare to have an isolated cough as the only symptom to herald a lung cancer, if you really did have lung cancer, it’s unlikely that you are going to be coughing with no other symptoms for more than 8 weeks—you’re going to develop other things.

  2. Wendy Freedman:

    The GMT will herald the beginning of a new era in astronomy. The GMT will reveal the first objects to emit light in the universe, explore the mysteries of dark energy and dark matter, and identify potentially habitable planets in the Earth's galactic neighborhood, the decision by the GMTO partner institutions to start construction is a crucial milestone on our journey to making these amazing discoveries using state-of-the-art science, technology and engineering.

  3. Kevin Golden:

    This morning, Twitter locked our account for posting the video of real-world, violent threats made against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, this is the problem with the speech police in America today : The Lexington-Herald can attack Mitch with cartoon tombstones of The Lexington-Herald opponents. But we can't mock it.

  4. Benjamin Franklin:

    When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic. Sell not liberty to purchase power.

  5. Lauren Green:

    God chose to send His son to The Herald Angels as a gift, creating a chance for The Herald Angels relationship with Him to be reconciled.

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  • Wappenausleger, Wappenherold, verkünden, Verkündiger, Herold, BoteGerman
  • αγγελιοφόρος, προαναγγέλλω, προάγγελος, πρόδρομος, οικοσημολόγος, κήρυκαςGreek
  • heroldoEsperanto
  • heraldo, anunciarSpanish
  • sanansaattajaFinnish
  • découpure, héraut, annoncerFrench
  • բանբերArmenian
  • premonitore, annunciatore, banditore, messo, precursore, araldo, foriero, annunciare, messaggero, proclamare, corriereItalian
  • 使者, 伝令官, 前触れ, 布告者, 告知者, ヘラルドJapanese
  • хералд, гласник, весник, навестува, предвестува, предвесникMacedonian
  • herold, zwiastować, szczerbówkaPolish
  • mensageiro, arautoPortuguese
  • anunța, mesager, vestitor, heraldRomanian
  • герольдRussian
  • glasnik, vesnikSerbo-Croatian
  • häroldSwedish
  • העראַלדYiddish
  • 先锋Chinese

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    the domain ruled by an emperor or empress; the region over which imperial dominion is exercised
    • A. empire
    • B. scrutiny
    • C. gauge
    • D. mediocrity

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