- 2A person or thing viewed as a sign that something is about to happen: they considered the first primroses as the herald of springMore example sentences
- For eight centuries they have been the heralds of spring, as sure a sign of impending blue skies and falling blossom as the song of swallows and the appearance of tulips.
- The markets often view it as a herald of global trends.
- Crocuses used to be the first heralds of spring in Harrogate, but these days it is the sight of scantily clad young models around the exhibition centre.
- 3 • historical An official employed to oversee state ceremony, precedence, and the use of armorial bearings, and to make proclamations, carry ceremonial messages, and oversee tournaments.More example sentences
- The following day she was proclaimed by heralds with flourishes of trumpets at various places in London, to the stony disapproval of the citizens.
- Members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons came to kiss her hand and were graciously received as the heralds proclaimed her in the streets.
- In the Middle Ages, the Crown designated a half-dozen sites in London where a herald would read proclamations from the king.
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- 1Be a sign that (something) is about to happen: the speech heralded a change in policyMore example sentences
- Along with the improved play of the national team, there are other favorable signs heralding the successful hosting of the global soccer festival, such as the onrush of foreign tourists.
- But the clear signs of a recession herald an end to this development.
- The building industry pact signed this week heralds a new era of co-operation in an industry that has for over a century been a major area of demarcation disputes.
- 1.1 (usually be heralded) Acclaim: the band has been heralded as the industrial supergroup of the '90sMore example sentences
- The new licensing laws have been heralded as the greatest thing since some fella came along with a knife and decided to slice bread.
- They have been heralded as the dawn of a brave new world of financial security, where like eager beavers we stash away our surplus nuts for the future.
- The book has been heralded as a gay Latino version of Jacqueline Susann's classic ‘Valley of the Dolls.’
Middle English: from Old French herault (noun), herauder (verb), of Germanic origin.