- a person who cries.
- a court or town official who makes public announcements.
- a hawker.
Origin of crier
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Examples from the Web for 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.Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
The judge took his seat on the bench, and the crier opened the court.The Boat Club
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.
- 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
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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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