Tuesday, December 17, 2013

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1. a person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another; herald.
2. anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign: Frost is a harbinger of winter.
3. a person sent in advance of troops, a royal train, etc., to provide or secure lodgings and other accommodations.
verb (used with object)
4. to act as harbinger to; herald the coming of.

1125–75; late Middle English herbenger, nasalized variant of Middle English herbegere, dissimilated variant of Old French herberg ( i ) ere host, equivalent to herberg ( ier ) to shelter (< Germanic; see harbor) + -iere -er2

2. herald, forerunner, precursor, portent, indication. 



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