A herald is a sign of things to come. A chilly day in October is a herald of the coming winter.

Years ago, a herald was an official who announced important news to the people. This is why many newspapers today have herald in their name. Nowadays, the noun herald refers to an early indicator that something is about to happen. Herald can also be used as a verb meaning "to praise" or "to greet enthusiastically." If you've been away from home for a long time, your family might herald your return, especially if you come bearing gifts.

Definitions of herald
  1. noun
    (formal) a person who announces important news
    “the chieftain had a herald who announced his arrival with a trumpet”
    synonyms: trumpeter
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    type of:
    courier, messenger
    a person who carries a message
  2. noun
    something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
    synonyms: forerunner, harbinger, precursor, predecessor
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    a predictor of indicator of future trends
    type of:
    indicant, indication
    something that serves to indicate or suggest
  3. verb
    greet enthusiastically or joyfully
    synonyms: hail
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    type of:
    greet, recognise, recognize
    express greetings upon meeting someone
  4. verb
    praise vociferously
    synonyms: acclaim, hail
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    type of:
    express approval of
  5. verb
    foreshadow or presage
    synonyms: announce, annunciate, foretell, harbinger
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    type of:
    let something be known
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