What does herald mean?

Definitions for herald
ˈhɛr əldher·ald

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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

  7. Origin: [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. Nicola Sturgeon:

    So to everyone who, like me, wants this election to herald the real and positive change that will make life better for ordinary people across these islands, I hold out a hand of friendship, the SNP if we are given the chance will be your allies in making that change.

  2. Art Buchwald:

    His column explaining Thanksgiving to the French when he wrote for the Paris edition of the Herald Tribune there. --bb

  3. Elvis Picardo:

    When you have a dramatic decline like you've seen in oil prices, it could herald a turning point (in sentiment), i see a compelling buying opportunity in the energy space, but it's hard to convince people about that because of the ongoing cascade of bad news on oil.

  4. Megan Pohlmeier:

    FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS Pohlmeier told World-Herald that Megan Pohlmeier would like a direct apology from the school for the situation. It just should have been handled better.

  5. 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.

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Translations for herald

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  • Herold, verkünden, Wappenherold, Wappenausleger, Verkündiger, BoteGerman
  • αγγελιοφόρος, πρόδρομος, προαναγγέλλω, προάγγελος, οικοσημολόγος, κήρυκαςGreek
  • heroldoEsperanto
  • heraldo, anunciarSpanish
  • sanansaattajaFinnish
  • héraut, découpure, annoncerFrench
  • բանբերArmenian
  • foriero, annunciare, messaggero, proclamare, corriere, araldo, precursore, messo, premonitore, banditore, annunciatoreItalian
  • 伝令官, 布告者, 告知者, 使者, ヘラルド, 前触れJapanese
  • навестува, гласник, предвестува, весник, предвесник, хералдMacedonian
  • szczerbówka, herold, zwiastowaćPolish
  • arauto, mensageiroPortuguese
  • anunța, mesager, herald, vestitorRomanian
  • герольдRussian
  • glasnik, vesnikSerbo-Croatian
  • häroldSwedish
  • העראַלדYiddish
  • 先锋Chinese

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