A harbinger is something that comes before and that shows what will follow in the future. The robin is a harbinger of spring — its presence means spring is coming soon.

The appearance of a ghost is often thought of as a harbinger of death. Middle English herbergere is from Old French herbergeor, "host," from herberge, "camp, shelter," a word ultimately borrowed from a Germanic language.

Definitions of harbinger
  1. noun
    something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
    synonyms: forerunner, herald, precursor, predecessor
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    a predictor of indicator of future trends
    type of:
    indicant, indication
    something that serves to indicate or suggest
  2. verb
    foreshadow or presage
    synonyms: announce, annunciate, foretell, herald
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    type of:
    let something be known
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