noun (sometimes used with a singular verb)

news, information, or intelligence: sad tidings.

Origin of tidings

before 1100; Middle English; Old English tīdung; cognate with Dutch tijding, German Zeitung news; akin to Old Norse tīthindi. See tide2, -ing1
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Historical Examples of tidings

  • "You have as yet given us no tidings of Phidias and his household," said Philothea.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • The tidings were hailed with joy; not only by the young couple, but by all the villagers.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Six months more passed, and still no tidings of the ship or its commander.

    Brave and Bold

    Horatio Alger

  • But the tidings were gradually breaking in upon the mind of Andrew Lanning.

  • The tidings reached the Duke, at his hunting-lodge of Valognes.

British Dictionary definitions for tidings


pl n

information or news

Word Origin for tidings

Old English tīdung; related to Middle Low German tīdinge information, Old Norse tidhendi events; see tide ²
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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."

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