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Definition of Harbinger

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something which foreshadows a future event, signal, omen; forerunner, announcer; herald, one who precedes another person and announces their arrival; one who travels ahead of military troops to secure lodging and other necessities
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
(v. t.)
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.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913), edited by Noah Porter. About
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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.
Shakespeare Words
forerunner, an officer of the king's household
One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner.

verb tr.

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.
WordNet 2.0

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
(hypernym) tell
(derivation) forerunner, herald, precursor
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A harbinger is a forerunner or herald, and may refer to:

  • Harbinger Corp., an Internet-oriented business
  • Harbinger Capital, a hedge fund
  • Harbinger Systems, an IT services company
  • Harbinger Knowledge Products, an eLearning products and content services company

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