herald

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
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n (formal) a person who announces important news

“the chieftain had a herald who announced his arrival with a trumpet”
Synonyms:
trumpeter
Type of:
courier, messenger
a person who carries a message

n something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone

Synonyms:
forerunner, harbinger, precursor, predecessor
Type of:
indicant, indication
something that serves to indicate or suggest

v greet enthusiastically or joyfully

Synonyms:
hail
Type of:
greet, recognise, recognize
express greetings upon meeting someone

v praise vociferously

Synonyms:
acclaim, hail
Type of:
applaud
express approval of

v foreshadow or presage

Synonyms:
announce, annunciate, foretell, harbinger
Type of:
tell
let something be known

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