AskDefine | Define herald

Dictionary Definition



1 (formal) a person who announces important news; "the chieftain had a herald who announced his arrival with a trumpet" [syn: trumpeter]
2 an indication of the approach of something or someone [syn: harbinger, forerunner, precursor]


1 foreshadow or presage [syn: announce, annunciate, harbinger, foretell]
2 praise vociferously; "The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein" [syn: acclaim, hail]
3 greet enthusiastically or joyfully [syn: hail]

User Contributed Dictionary



From heraud, from heraut, hiraut (French: héraut).



  1. A messenger, especially one bringing important news.
    • The herald blew his trumpet and shouted that the King was dead.
  2. A harbinger, giving signs of things to come.
    • Daffodils are heralds of Spring.
  3. : An official whose speciality is heraldry, especially one between the ranks of pursuivant and king of arms.
    • Rouge Dragon is a herald at the College of Arms.

Related terms


a harbinger giving signs of things to come
an official whose speciality is heraldry


  1. To proclaim, announce, etc. an event.
    Daffodils herald the Spring.


Extensive Definition

Scottish Heralds of Arms Extraordinary

Indian Empire Herald of Arms Extraordinary

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herald in Czech: Herold
herald in Danish: Herold
herald in German: Herold
herald in Spanish: Heraldo
herald in French: Héraut
herald in Italian: Araldo
herald in Hebrew: כרוז
herald in Lithuanian: Heroldas
herald in Hungarian: Herold
herald in Dutch: Heraut
herald in Norwegian: Herold
herald in Polish: Herold
herald in Portuguese: Arauto
herald in Russian: Герольд
herald in Swedish: Härold

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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