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her·ald  (hrld)
1. A person who carries or proclaims important news; a messenger.
2. One that gives a sign or indication of something to come; a harbinger: The crocus is a herald of spring.
3. An official whose specialty is heraldry.
a. An official formerly charged with making royal proclamations and bearing messages of state between sovereigns.
b. An official who formerly made proclamations and conveyed challenges at a tournament.
tr.v. her·ald·ed, her·ald·ing, her·alds
To proclaim; announce: cheers that heralded the teams arrival.

[Middle English, from Anglo-Norman, of Germanic origin; see koro- in Indo-European roots.]

herald  /hrld/  n. a messenger, announcer, (syn.) a proclaimer: Shorter days are the herald of wintertime. herald

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