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tidings

[tahy-dingz] /ˈtaɪ dɪŋz/
noun, (sometimes used with a singular verb)
1.
news, information, or intelligence:
sad tidings.
Origin of tidings
1100
before 1100; Middle English; Old English tīdung; cognate with Dutch tijding, German Zeitung news; akin to Old Norse tīthindi. See tide2, -ing1
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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

tidings

/ˈtaɪdɪŋz/
plural noun
1.
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
n.

"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."

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