- (formerly) a royal or official messenger, especially one representing a monarch in an ambassadorial capacity during wartime.
- a person or thing that precedes or comes before; forerunner; harbinger: the returning swallows, those heralds of spring.
- a person or thing that proclaims or announces: A good newspaper should be a herald of truth.
- (in the Middle Ages) an officer who arranged tournaments and other functions, announced challenges, marshaled combatants, etc., and who was later employed also to arrange processions, funerals, etc., and to regulate the use of armorial bearings.
- an official intermediate in rank between a king-of-arms and a pursuivant, in the Heralds' College in England or the Heralds' Office in Scotland.
- 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.
Origin of herald
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Examples from the Web for heralded
After a few hundred years, these voices start to resemble doomsday cultists—the end is often heralded but never delivered.Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?
November 9, 2014
Even so, the fact that the show will be putting an end to one of those awful words should be heralded as a victory.RuPaul’s ‘She-Mail’ Exits Drag Race
April 14, 2014
The Republican Governor of Louisiana was heralded as the new face of the party practically since he was first elected in 2007.Is Jindal the Least Popular Guv?
David Freedlander, Brandy Zadrozny
February 25, 2014
It has been eight years to the day since the Xbox 360 heralded the 7th generation of video game consoles.Xbox One Review: Big Brother Is Watching You
November 22, 2013
The move was heralded as a bipartisan victory by some, but certainly not all.Fringe Factor: Wendy Davis Is a Terrorist
June 30, 2013
Time was when the end of a journey only heralded the preparation for another.
Even as a lover, his addresses were heralded by his gold, not enhanced by qualities of his own.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
In their enthusiastic French way they heralded the story everywhere.An American Suffragette
Isaac N. Stevens
It was a simple gesture, yet it heralded a change in the lives of both.Followers of the Trail
And also, it must be heralded that as far as art is concerned the end of the world has been seen.Adventures in the Arts
- a person who announces important news
- (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
- to announce publicly
- to precede or usher in
Word Origin and History for heralded
late 14c., "to sound the praises of," from herald (n.). Related: Heralded; heralding.
late 13c. (in Anglo-Latin); c.1200 as a surname, "messenger, envoy," from Anglo-French heraud, Old French heraut, hiraut (12c.), perhaps from Frankish *hariwald "commander of an army," from Proto-Germanic *harja "army" (from PIE root *koro- "war;" see harry) + *waldaz "to command, rule" (see wield). The form fits, but the sense evolution is difficult to explain, unless in reference to the chief officer of a tournament, who introduced knights and made decisions on rules (which was one of the early senses, often as heraud of armes, though not the earliest in English).