• WordNet 3.6
    • v harbinger foreshadow or presage
    • n harbinger something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Harbinger A forerunner; a precursor; a messenger. "I knew by these harbingers who were coming."
    • Harbinger One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings.
    • v. t Harbinger To usher in; to be a harbinger of. "Thus did the star of religious freedom harbinger the day."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n harbinger One who provides or secures lodging for another; specifically, a royal officer who rode a day's journey in advance of the court when traveling, to provide lodgings and other accommodations.
    • n harbinger One who or that which precedes and gives notice of the coming of some other person or thing; a forerunner; a precursor.
    • harbinger To precede; act as a harbinger to; serve as an omen or indication of; presage; announce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Harbinger här′bin-jėr a forerunner, pioneer, originally one who goes forward to provide lodging
    • v.t Harbinger to precede, as a harbinger
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  • Sir Thomas Browne
    “Come, fair repentance, daughter of the skies! Soft harbinger of soon returning virtue; The weeping messenger of grace from heaven.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. herbergeour, OF. herbergeor, one who provides lodging, fr. herbergier, to provide lodging, F. héberger, OF. herberge, lodging, inn, F. auberge,; of German origin. See Harbor


In literature:

Fame, harbinger of truth, the realm decreed To noble Numa.
"The Metamorphoses of Publius Ovidus Naso in English blank verse Vols. I & II" by Ovid
He returns to make the signification clear, a harbinger not of disasters, but of a wonderful new era of peace and prosperity.
"Lippincott's Magazine, September, 1885" by Various
Bell had just shot some ptarmigans and a white rabbit, the first harbinger of spring.
"The Voyages and Adventures of Captain Hatteras" by Jules Verne
The harbingers of a retreating army were beginning to troop in from the front.
"Personal Recollections of a Cavalryman" by J. H. (James Harvey) Kidd
Then he told her they were the harbingers of a visit from the good sisters.
"Dreamers of the Ghetto" by I. Zangwill
Let us no longer do them wrong by supposing that they are always the harbingers of woe.
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
The harbingers of the wet season had already arrived.
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
A white dove is the harbinger of death to the Arundels of Wardour; a white hare to an equally well-known family in Cornwall.
"Byways of Ghost-Land" by Elliott O'Donnell
On inquiry, it proved that such was the case, and that a wandering fiddler was the unfailing harbinger of the engineer.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The very storm, blessed harbinger of clearer days and sweeter airs, terrified him.
"The Galaxy, Volume 23, No. 2, February, 1877" by Various
This may be hailed as the harbinger of bright fortune.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
And in this great movement Spenser was the harbinger and announcing sign.
"Spenser" by R. W. Church
The Roman eagle never presaged a wider, more thorough desolation than that of which the flag of the Union was the harbinger.
"History of Morgan's Cavalry" by Basil W. Duke
He is the terrible harbinger of the tempest.
"Toilers of the Sea" by Victor Hugo
At page 336, the whistlers are chronicled as having been the harbingers of the great Hartley Colliery explosion.
"The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth, Volume IV (of 8)" by William Wordsworth
The first thunderstorm, the harbinger of spring, has aroused the earth from her light slumber.
"Peasant Tales of Russia" by V.I. Nemirovitch-Dantchenko
His appearance was welcomed as the harbinger of good luck.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
Sailors think that a shark's tail at the extreme end of a ship's "nose-pole" is the harbinger of good luck.
"Harper's Round Table, October 29, 1895" by Various
Might not the dove be made bearer also of an olive branch, made a harbinger of peace?
"The Great Miss Driver" by Anthony Hope
The flowers there were the harbingers of what was growing within her; she wished to see them every day.
"Mary" by Bjornstjerne Bjornson

In poetry:

But he, the man-child glorious, -
Where tarries he the while?
The rainbow shines his harbinger,
The sunset gleams his smile.
"Song Of Nature" by Henry David Thoreau
But he, the man-child glorious,—
Where tarries he the while?
The rainbow shines his harbinger,
The sunset gleams his smile.
"Song of Nature" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
These are the harbingers from voyaged seas
Who knows what seas of thought man yet may sail
As science slowly sifts Life’s mysteries—
And lifts the veil?
"Adrift: A Brisbane River Reverie" by George Essex Evans
Portentous clouds, suspended o'er that hour,
Big with impending horrors, chill'd my soul;
Stern harbingers of that allconquering power,
Whose fatal blows no kindred ties controul.
"To The Memory Of A Much Loved Sister" by Elizabeth Bath
Sweet and fair, she craves not Spring for herself alone,
To be the harbinger of Spring she is content.
When the mountain flowers are in full bloom
She will smile mingling in their midst.
"Ode to the Plum Blossom" by Mao Zedong
Avaunt! Begonel O demon false! You harbinger of woe!
At random driven, my tortured soul no safe retreat does know.
My mind lacks faith, my heart mistrusts, my soul in pain sinks low.
O woe to him who feels the sting of your deadly smiting blow!
"O Evil Spirit!" by Nikoloz Baratashvili

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Harbinger of the holiday season benefits youth mentoring program.
Is The Green Mountain-Snapple Deal A Harbinger Of Better Things To Come.
Georgia's archery season is harbinger of things to come.
Phil Falcone's Harbinger Group Is One Of The Hottest Stocks Of The Year.
Barclays Deal Is $453 Million Harbinger of Bigger Libor Woes.
SEC Slaps Falcone, Harbinger With Securities Fraud Charges.
Falcone's Harbinger Capital Turns to Dell's MSD for Loan.
Philip Falcone, chairman and chief executive officer of Harbinger Group Inc Photographer: Jacob Kepler/Bloomberg.
Watch 'Jim Bakker Show' to Learn Prophecy Behind 'The Harbinger '.
Tupac's illusion a harbinger of performances to come.

In science:

When the art of quantum physics is pushed to such extremes of excellence, any shadow of a discrepancy could be the harbinger for new physics beyond the Standard Model.
A Pedestrian Introduction to the Mathematical Concepts of Quantum Physics
Marciano, “The muon anomalous magnetic moment: A harbinger for ’new physics’”, Phys.
Methods for the Reduction of Three-Loop QCD Form Factors
Marciano, “The Muon Anomalous Magnetic Moment: A Harbinger for New Physics,” Phys.
Dark Matter and Dark Energy: A Physicist's Perspective
Whether these results should be interpreted as providing further experimental validation of the standard model, or one can consider them as “harbingers of new physics”, we will leave for the reader to decide.
Precision Determination of the Muon $g_{\mu}-2$ and $\bar{\alpha}_{\rm Q.E.D.}(M^2_{Z})$
The renormalization group running of these operators may be as powerful and sensitive a harbinger of new physics as were the parton distributions in the mid-70’s.
The Color Glass Condensate: A summary of key ideas and recent developments
Marciano, “The muon anomalous magnetic moment: A harbinger for ’new physics’,” Phys.
The Muon Magnetic Moment and Supersymmetry
The new term discussed here, “Fab 5 Freddy,” can self accelerate and is merely the harbinger of a whole class of such nonlinear promotions or combinations of terms.
Fab 5: Noncanonical Kinetic Gravity, Self Tuning, and Cosmic Acceleration
This makes the search for neutrino masses and mixings doubly important: as measurement of fundamental parameters of intrinsic interest and as harbingers of new physics.
Solar and atmospheric neutrinos
Now and then such things do arrive ahead of schedule; in any case this event is a harbinger of things to come. I also look forward to the first observation of doubly charmed baryons.
CP and B Physics: Progress and Prospects
As shown by previous authors , the high precision of calculations and measurements of (gµ − 2)/2 ≡ aµ makes their comparison a promising harbinger of SUSY — particularly when tan β is large.
Low-Energy Signals for a Minimal Gauge-Mediated Model
Very possibly, the large x and Q2 events are not harbingers of new physics beyond the Standard Model.
Summary of DIS 98
Marciano, “The Muon Anomalous Magnetic Moment: A Harbinger For New Physics,” [hepph/0102122], and E. d.
Super-conservative interpretation of muon g-2 results applied to supersymmetry