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[krahy-er] /ˈkraɪ ər/
a person who cries.
a court or town official who makes public announcements.
a hawker.
Origin of crier
1250-1300; Middle English criere < Old French. See cry, -er1
Related forms
undercrier, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for crier
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  • The crier now passed down the village street, marshaling all the riders for the chase.

  • He looked at the crier, dumb for a minute, and then called him back quickly.

  • After hearing the report the directors sent the crier for the chiefs, who assembled at the Wacabe tent.

  • Upon this the crier turned to the girl, and asked her what she had to say to the matter.

  • Well, here is the Bellman and crier, calling the attention of the people to a description of a child that has been lost.

    City Scenes William Darton
  • It was adopted, and the crier once more summoned the young chief by name.

    The War Trail Mayne Reid
  • The spirit of the crier in the wilderness is upon you, and you keep at it until one of two things happens.

    Life's Minor Collisions Frances Warner
  • The crier of the court, a young negro, made his announcements.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • At last to urge his men to their utmost skill he bade his crier proclaim a new reward.

    Old Indian Legends Zitkala-Sa
  • The crier came up from where he was watching and handed the lighted pipe.

    The Red River Half-Breed Gustave Aimard
British Dictionary definitions for crier


a person or animal that cries
(formerly) an official who made public announcements, esp in a town or court
a person who shouts advertisements about the goods he is selling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for crier

early 13c. as a surname; as an officer of the courts, late 13c., agent noun from cry (v.); town crier sense is late 14c.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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