[ her-uhld ]
/ ˈhɛr əld /


verb (used with object)

to give news or tidings of; announce; proclaim: a publicity campaign to herald a new film.
to indicate or signal the coming of; usher in.

Nearby words

  1. heraclitean,
  2. heracliteanism,
  3. heraclitus,
  4. heraclius,
  5. herakleion,
  6. herald moth,
  7. herald's trick,
  8. heraldic,
  9. heraldry,
  10. heralds' college

Origin of herald

1300–50; Middle English herau(l)d < Old French herau(l)t < Frankish *heriwald, equivalent to *heri army + *wald commander (see wield). Compare name Harold

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British Dictionary definitions for herald


/ (ˈhɛrəld) /


  1. a person who announces important news
  2. (as modifier)herald angels
often literary a forerunner; harbinger
the intermediate rank of heraldic officer, between king-of-arms and pursuivant
(in the Middle Ages) an official at a tournament

verb (tr)

to announce publicly
to precede or usher in

Word Origin for herald

C14: from Old French herault, of Germanic origin; compare Old English here war; see wield

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