Harbinger definition

härbĭn-jər
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To signal the approach of; presage.
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A person or thing that comes before to announce or give an indication of what follows; herald.
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The definition of a harbinger is something or someone who announces that something or someone is coming.

Thunder is an example of a harbinger of a rainstorm.

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(historical) An advance representative of an army or royal party, who arranged for lodging, entertainment, etc.
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To announce; to be a harbinger of.
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To serve as harbinger of.
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A person or thing that foreshadows or foretells the coming of someone or something.
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One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
harbinger
Plural:
harbingers

Origin of harbinger

  • Middle English herbengar person sent ahead to arrange lodgings from Old French herbergeor from herbergier to provide lodging for from herberge lodging of Germanic origin koro- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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.

    From Wiktionary