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. Frederick Hubbard:

    Now, the question is, what do we need to do to get them to recover ? said Dr. Frank Ridgleyhead of conservation and research at Zoo Miami. Biologists believe they have the answer. Executives of the Patch of Heaven Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating habitats for wildlife, in February finished building what they claim is the largest bat house in the world in an effort to save Floridas high flyers. Nobody else is doing this kind of work. Not on this scale, said Frederick Hubbard, the sanctuarys executive director. The two-tier structure can house up to 250,000 bats. The University of Florida boasts large bat houses of The University of Florida own.According to the [ UF ] web site, theyre the biggest occupied bat houses in the world, Frederick Hubbard told the Miami Herald. Our bat house is technically bigger. Were trying to get the wording right on that. Frederick Hubbard says the batstend to form colonies, living together and procreating. The new two-tier bat house can hold up to 250,000 total bats. ( Elina Shirazi/Fox News) Theres usually a dominant male, a large male who establishes and claims these coveted kinds of spaces and then he tries to attract females and the females tend to then be attracted to a male who is going to defend the territory and keep a safe space for them, Ridgley said. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Ridgley says the bats are vital to biodiversity and in fact helpful to humans. Theyre cleaning up our skies. Theyre providing all these services and in some parts of the country, you know, bats literally provide billions of dollars of services to the residents, Ridgley said. Ridgley said its hard to know the history of the bats since they were only discovered as a unique species in 2004. There was very little known about this bat just about a decade ago. I mean they only knew of one place where they were roosting and it was a mystery across their whole range here in South Florida. Anything about them, you know, what kind of groups they had, what they need to survive. So there was a lot of intensive study going into answering some of these questions, said Ridgley. Ridgley estimates their population is now only in the hundreds, and technology is helping them to keep track. One device they use, an echo meter, plugs into a cell phone and identifies the type of bat and itslocation based off of sound. They do a type of echolocation and supposedly they have some recorded sounds that theyre going to be able to put up into the bat-house that will attract them, said Frederick Hubbard. Creators claim this bat house at the Patch of Heaven Sanctuary is the largest in the world. Frederick Hubbard said that if their project accomplishes its aim, it may help rewrite the fate of these bats who have lost almost all of their habitat. For now, Frederick Hubbard said they are patiently waiting for the bats to rent out their space. Come home.

  2. William Shakespeare:

    Silence is the perfectest herald of joy I were but little happy, if I could say how much.

  3. 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.

  4. Michael Doherty:

    More than 40 tourists and crew members plunged into the waters of Ha Long Bay on Friday to escape the growing inferno on the docked wooden Aphrodite Cruise ship, the New Zealand Herald reported. The crew did their best but they were all very young and obviously overwhelmed by the circumstances, the passengers were guided to the sun deck of the ship and thereafter given no direction or support. It definitely felt as if it was just chaos.

  5. 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.

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Translations for herald

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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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