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.

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

Synonyms for herald

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Contemporary Examples of heralding

  • Some—including some in the government—lauded these efforts as heralding a new and positive kind of activism.

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Historical Examples of heralding

  • Settlers, gloomily acquiescent in an unjust fate, brightened at his heralding.

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    Alice Brown

  • The chimes (he could hear none but those of the Cathedral) were heralding the hour of seven.

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  • And a success it proved that more than justified all the heralding of which Scaramouche had been guilty.


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  • She might have been a new Deborah, heralding her nation to battle.

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    George MacDonald

  • The soft light was spreading on the east, heralding the coming day.

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British Dictionary definitions for heralding



  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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Word Origin and History for heralding



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).

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