- The definition of a herald is a messenger or announcer.
- An example of a herald is a town news crier.
- An example of a herald is the very first flower to bloom in the spring.
- To herald is defined as to say or show that something is coming, or to announce the news.
- An example of to herald is how the circus announcer tells the audience the name of the upcoming act in the circus.
- An example of to herald is to write the news for a local community in a newspaper.
- Historical any of various officials who made proclamations, carried state messages to other sovereigns, took charge of tournaments, arranged ceremonies, etc.
- in England, an official in charge of genealogies, coats of arms, etc.
- a person who proclaims or announces significant news, etc.: often used in newspaper names
- a person or thing that comes before to announce, or give an indication of, what follows; forerunner; harbinger
Origin of heraldMiddle English from Old French heralt from Germanic an unverified form hariwald, army chief: see Harold
- to introduce, announce, foretell, etc.
- to publicize
- A person who carries or proclaims important news; a messenger.
- One that gives a sign or indication of something to come; a harbinger: The crocus is a herald of spring.
- An official whose specialty is heraldry.
- a. An official formerly charged with making royal proclamations and bearing messages of state between sovereigns.b. An official who formerly made proclamations and conveyed challenges at a tournament.
transitive verbher·ald·ed, her·ald·ing, her·alds
- To proclaim, especially with enthusiasm; announce or acclaim: cheers that heralded the team's arrival.
- To be a sign of; foreshadow: The discovery heralds a new era in drug treatment.
Origin of heraldMiddle English from Anglo-Norman of Germanic origin ; see koro- in Indo-European roots.
- A messenger, especially one bringing important news.
- The herald blew his trumpet and shouted that the King was dead.
- A harbinger, giving signs of things to come.
- Daffodils are heralds of Spring.
- (heraldry) 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.
- (entomology) A moth (Scoliopteryx libatrix)
(third-person singular simple present heralds, present participle heralding, simple past and past participle heralded)