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herald

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1  —as in:
heralds the coming of...
Definition a sign that something will happen — especially something important and good

or:

announce or welcome — especially with enthusiasm
  • Her appointment would herald a new emphasis on the environment.
herald = be a sign of
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The personal computer heralded a new age.
  • heralded = signaled (was a sign that something would soon happen)
  • The goldfinch heralds spring when it begins to show a little yellow.
  • heralds = signals (that something will soon happen)
  • There are few who cannot recall that day and remember the one little incident which heralded the dawn of a new life.
    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle  --  A Study In Scarlet
  • School- days were ended, and the mystic function known to the initiated as "graduation" was about to be celebrated; it was even now heralded by the sun dawning in the eastern sky.
    Kate Douglas Wiggin  --  Rebecca Of Sunnybrook Farm
  • Those mountains heralded the approach of my desideratum.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • heralded = announced
  • At least he should come unheralded by us.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • unheralded = unannounced
    (editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unheralded means not and reverses the meaning of heralded. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
  • The sound, not unlike the rat-a-tat-tat of parade drums, heralded Hickock's arrival.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Had the appearance of the pigeon heralded the changes that took hold of their lives?
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • I walked unshadowed; I came unheralded.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unheralded means not and reverses the meaning of heralded. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)

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2  —as in:
announced by herald & trumpet
Definition a person who announces important news — especially a king's representative
  • The king's herald announced it this morning.
herald = official who announces important news
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The herald loudly proclaimed, "The King is dead. Long live the King."
  • herald = official who announces important news
  • Then one advanced singly, and apparently more in the character of a herald than of an assailant.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • And of this gospel I was appointed a herald and an apostle and a teacher.
    2 Timothy 1:11 (NIV)
  • He was stiff as a herald, blunt to the point of rudeness.
    Madeline Miller  --  Circe
  • herald = a person whose job is to announce important news
  • It was the lark, the herald of the morn,
    William Shakespeare  --  Romeo and Juliet
  • herald = announcer
  • 'herald, read the accusation!' said the King.
    Lewis Carroll  --  Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  • herald = announcer of important information
  • "Hark! the Herald Angels Sing" came next, and led into the nativity scene.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  A Lesson Before Dying
  • herald = announcing important news
  • Then Aragorn set trumpeters at each of the four roads that ran into the ring of trees, and they blew a great fanfare, and the heralds cried aloud...
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Return of the King
  • heralds = people who announce important news — especially a king's representatives
  • your fame needs no heralds milord
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
heralds = a person who announces important news

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Less commonly:
More rarely, herald can also refer to an official whose specialty is heraldry (the study of coats of arms — symbols once used to signify the right to bear arms).

Historically a herald was a person who made announcements at jousting matches, or (much more rarely) any prestigious assistant in a dignified setting such as a courthouse or royal palace.
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