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[tahy-dingz] /ˈtaɪ dɪŋz/
noun, (sometimes used with a singular verb)
news, information, or intelligence:
sad tidings.
Origin of tidings
before 1100; Middle English; Old English tīdung; cognate with Dutch tijding, German Zeitung news; akin to Old Norse tīthindi. See tide2, -ing1 Unabridged
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  • It woke to hear the first tidings of the new day, and to ask only What was the cause?

    An Apache Princess Charles King
  • It was on the following Monday that tidings of the armistice were proclaimed.

  • Five days of anxiety passed in this way, without any tidings of Jeanne.

    Women of Medival France Pierce Butler
  • A note bearing the tidings might startle his mother too much.

    Fairy Fingers Anna Cora Mowatt Ritchie
  • As yet, they had received no tidings of the Highland army, except that it had arrived at Derby.

    The Manchester Rebels of the Fatal '45 William Harrison Ainsworth
  • All through the day tidings of sorrow have been reaching us.

  • Their predatory bands were wandering in all directions, and almost every day came fraught with tidings of outrage or massacre.

    Daniel Boone John S. C. Abbott
  • No tidings could be gained either of the brig or the fleet of piratical junks.

    The Three Midshipmen W.H.G. Kingston
  • But, as has been said before, Tetchen's tidings were never to be made true.

    Linda Tressel Anthony Trollope
  • He does not know, apparently, how our commerce with the world brings us tidings of all the world.

    The Hour and the Man Harriet Martineau
British Dictionary definitions for tidings


plural noun
information or news
Word Origin
Old English tīdung; related to Middle Low German tīdinge information, Old Norse tidhendi events; see tide²
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Word Origin and History for tidings

"announcement of an event," 1069, from Old English tidung "event, occurrence, piece of news," perhaps in part a verbal noun from Old English tidan "to happen," in part from Old Norse tiðendi (plural) "events, news," from tiðr (adj.) "occurring," from PIE *di-ti- (see tide (n.)). Cf. Norwegian tidende "tidings, news," Dutch tijding, German Zeitung "newspaper."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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