- (formerly) a person employed by a town to make public announcements or proclamations, usually by shouting in the streets.
Origin of town crier
First recorded in 1595–1605
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Examples from the Web for town crier
The words he said might have been published by the town-crier.
The town-crier had evidently ceased to read the proclamation.The Elusive Pimpernel
Baroness Emmuska Orczy
After a while, the constable got a deputy to whom he made over his business of town-crier.A Boy's Town
W. D. Howells
The Count's whiskers are white with the flour just flung at him by the town-crier.Stray Studies from England and Italy
John Richard Greene
But it was only a town-crier beating his drum to call the people together.The Honor of the Name
- (formerly) a person employed by a town to make public announcements in the streets
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