Thunder is an example of a harbinger of a rainstorm.
- Historical an advance representative of an army or royal party, who arranged for lodging, entertainment, etc.
- a person or thing that comes before to announce or give an indication of what follows; herald
Origin of harbingerMiddle English herbergeour (with intrusive -n-) from Old French herbergeor, provider of lodging from herberge, a shelter from Frankish (or OHG) heriberga, shelter for soldiers from heri, army (see harry) + berga, a shelter from bergan, to protect: see bury
transitive verbhar·bin·gered, har·bin·ger·ing, har·bin·gers
Origin of harbingerMiddle English herbengar person sent ahead to arrange lodgings from Old French herbergeor from herbergier to provide lodging for from herberge lodging of Germanic origin ; see koro- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present harbingers, present participle harbingering, simple past and past participle harbingered)
- To announce; to be a harbinger of.
Originally, a person that is sent in advance to provide lodgings. From Middle English herbergeour, from Old French herbergeor (> French hébergeur, from héberger (“to accommodate, put up”), from Frankish *heriberga (“lodging, inn”, literally “army shelter”), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (“army”) + *bergô (“protection”). Compare German Herberge, Italian albergo, Dutch herberg, English harbour. More at here, borrow.