verb (used with object)
Origin of harbinger
Examples from the Web for harbinger
In fact the vanishing sea is a warning: a harbinger of the long feared war over water in Central Asia.
Whether this three-day system is a harbinger of seasonal weather changes is uncertain.
And as such, it bears closer inspection, if only because it may be a harbinger of conservative attacks to come.Southern Baptist Convention: Trans People Don’t Exist|Jay Michaelson|June 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
May have been a harbinger of November contests… in pointlessness and cost.PJ’s Political Forecast: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatheads|P. J. O’Rourke|March 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Could it be a harbinger of what el-Sisi hopes to accomplish in Egypt?
Orpheus calls her the harbinger of Titan, for she is the personification of that light which precedes the appearance of the sun.Roman Antiquities, and Ancient Mythology|Charles K. Dillaway
The returning sun of spring was but the harbinger of new woes for war-stricken Europe.The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power|John S. C. Abbott
The Harbinger is very reticent in relation to the details of the dissolution.History of American Socialisms|John Humphrey Noyes
The decease of the "Harbinger" was the end of that phase of Transcendentalism.Transcendentalism in New England|Octavius Brooks Frothingham
Whether therefore it is the herald of one now present or the harbinger of one who shall come immediately, the want is evident.
British Dictionary definitions for harbinger
Word Origin for harbinger
Word Origin and History for harbinger
late 15c., herbengar "one sent ahead to arrange lodgings" (for a monarch, an army, etc.), alteration of Middle English herberger "provider of shelter, innkeeper" (late 12c.), from Old French herbergeor, from herbergier "provide lodging," from herber "lodging, shelter," from Frankish *heriberga "lodging, inn" (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German heriberga "army shelter," from heri "army" + berga "shelter"); see harbor. Sense of "forerunner" is mid-16c. Intrusive -n- is 15c. (see messenger). As a verb, from 1640s (harbinge "to lodge" is late 15c.).