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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Definitions for tidings

  1. news, information, or intelligence: sad tidings.

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Citations for tidings
That night it seemed that everyone in the little town and surrounding farmsteads flocked into the inn to raise a mug to the wonderful tidingsed. Robin Hobb, "Blue Boots," Songs of Love and Death, 2010
She loved being the bearer of good tidings, and she was ready with Russian tea and Yupik sympathy when the tidings were bad. Dana Stabenow, Nothing Gold Can Stay, 2000
Origin of tidings
Tidings “news, events,” the archaic verb tide “to happen, occur,” the noun tide, “regular rise and fall of ocean water,” the verb betide “to happen to, befall,” and the noun time “duration or the measurement of duration” all derive from the Germanic root tī- “to divide,” from the complicated Proto-Indo-European root dā- and its variants dai- and dī-. In form tidings derives from the Old English noun tīdung “announcement, news item,” from the verb tīdan “to happen” (source of the archaic verb tide), influenced by the Old Norse neuter plural noun tīthindi “news, events.” The singular noun tiding entered English before 1100, and the plural noun appeared in the 14th century.