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  1. a person who cries.
  2. a court or town official who makes public announcements.
  3. a hawker.
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Origin of crier

1250–1300; Middle English criere < Old French. See cry, -er1
Related formsun·der·cri·er, noun
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Related Words for crier

prophet, go-between, emissary, courier, mediator, announcer, gofer, ambassador, harbinger, bearer, runner, envoy, detail, agent, herald, precursor, forerunner, carrier, minister, post

Examples from the Web for crier

Historical Examples of crier

  • The crier of the court, a young negro, made his announcements.

    The Underdog

    F. Hopkinson Smith

  • The Crier gave one line three times, and broke down as often.

  • The judge took his seat on the bench, and the crier opened the court.

    The Boat Club

    Oliver Optic

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

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

British Dictionary definitions for crier


  1. a person or animal that cries
  2. (formerly) an official who made public announcements, esp in a town or court
  3. a person who shouts advertisements about the goods he is selling
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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.

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