harbinger [ hahr-bin-jer ]
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.
WORDS RELATED TO HARBINGER
precursor, omen, portent, signal, augury, sign, herald, forerunner, messenger, foretoken
SYNONYMS FOR HARBINGER
See synonyms for: harbinger / harbingered / harbingering on Thesaurus.com
2. herald, forerunner, precursor, portent, indication.
Origin: 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-er
EXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR HARBINGER
The moon is known as the “snow moon,” but won’t be a harbinger of too many flakes.
D.C.-AREA FORECAST: COOL SUNSHINE THE NEXT TWO DAYS BEFORE PERIODS OF RAIN THIS WEEKEND|DAVID STREIT|FEBRUARY 25, 2021|WASHINGTON POST
Wardle, of First Draft, said Facebook’s new willingness to be aggressive on several fronts would be the harbinger for similar confrontations all over the world.
FACEBOOK’S BRAZEN ATTEMPT TO CRUSH REGULATIONS IN AUSTRALIA MAY BACKFIRE|ELIZABETH DWOSKIN, GERRIT DE VYNCK|FEBRUARY 18, 2021|WASHINGTON POST
The power failures that have hobbled Texas have prompted warnings that they are a harbinger of national disasters to come and dramatically illustrate the need to upgrade all of America’s electrical systems.
TEXAS, THE GO-IT-ALONE STATE, IS RATTLED BY THE FAILURE TO KEEP THE LIGHTS ON|WILL ENGLUND, STEVEN MUFSON, DINO GRANDONI|FEBRUARY 18, 2021|WASHINGTON POST
The current predicament with Wall is a harbinger of this trouble.
THE WIZARDS’ REBOOT NEEDS TO START WITH TRADING BOTH JOHN WALL AND BRADLEY BEAL|JERRY BREWER|NOVEMBER 23, 2020|WASHINGTON POST
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