- news, information, or intelligence: sad tidings.
Origin of tidings
Examples from the Web for tidings
The tidings were hailed with joy; not only by the young couple, but by all the villagers.
"You have as yet given us no tidings of Phidias and his household," said Philothea.
Six months more passed, and still no tidings of the ship or its commander.Brave and Bold
But the tidings were gradually breaking in upon the mind of Andrew Lanning.Way of the Lawless
The tidings reached the Duke, at his hunting-lodge of Valognes.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
- information or news
Word Origin and History for tidings
"announcement of an event," 1069, from Old English tidung "event, occurrence, piece of news," perhaps in part a verbal noun from Old English tidan "to happen," in part from Old Norse tiðendi (plural) "events, news," from tiðr (adj.) "occurring," from PIE *di-ti- (see tide (n.)). Cf. Norwegian tidende "tidings, news," Dutch tijding, German Zeitung "newspaper."