Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
To usher in; to be a harbinger of.
One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings.
A forerunner; a precursor; a messenger.
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\har"bin*ger\ (?), n. [oe. herbergeour, of. herbergeor one who provides lodging, fr. herbergier to provide lodging, f. héberger, of. herberge lodging, inn, f. auberge; of german origin. see harbor.]
1. one who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the english royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings.
2. a forerunner; a precursor; a messenger. i knew by these harbingers who were coming.
\har"bin*ger\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. harbingered (?); p. pr. & vb. n. harbingering.] to usher in; to be a harbinger of. "thus did the star of religious freedom harbinger the day."
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One who or that which foreruns and announces the coming of any person or thing.
forerunner, an officer of the king's household
GLOSSARY OF ESOTERIC WORDS
One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner.
To signal the approach of; presage.
[Middle English herbengar, person sent ahead to arrange lodgings, from Old French herbergeor, from herbergier, to provide lodging for, from herberge,lodging, of Germanic origin.]
"And while lower prices could mean an opportunity for investors and some savings for American consumers, such reductions could also be a harbinger of deflation."
David Welna, Renee Montagne, Deflation Threat, Morning Edition (NPR),7 Oct 1998.
1. an indication of the approach of something or someone
(synonym) forerunner, herald, precursor
(hypernym) indication, indicant
(derivation) announce, annunciate, foretell, herald
1. foreshadow or presage
(synonym) announce, annunciate, foretell, herald
(derivation) forerunner, herald, precursor