• The Herald Announces the Court Ball
    The Herald Announces the Court Ball
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v herald praise vociferously "The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein"
    • v herald greet enthusiastically or joyfully
    • v herald foreshadow or presage
    • n herald something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
    • n herald (formal) a person who announces important news "the chieftain had a herald who announced his arrival with a trumpet"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

At lst the heralds came to the house where Cinderella lived At lst the heralds came to the house where Cinderella lived
A delighted herald and shocked sisters look on A delighted herald and shocked sisters look on
From Edison's Newspaper, the Grand Trunk Herald From Edison's Newspaper, the Grand Trunk Herald
The Ocean Herald. American clipper. 1855 The Ocean Herald. American clipper. 1855

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Herald A forerunner; a a precursor; a harbinger. "It was the lark, the herald of the morn."
    • Herald A proclaimer; one who, or that which, publishes or announces; as, the herald of another's fame.
    • Herald (Antiq) An officer whose business was to denounce or proclaim war, to challenge to battle, to proclaim peace, and to bear messages from the commander of an army. He was invested with a sacred and inviolable character.
    • Herald Any messenger. "My herald is returned."
    • Herald In the Middle Ages, the officer charged with the above duties, and also with the care of genealogies, of the rights and privileges of noble families, and especially of armorial bearings. In modern times, some vestiges of this office remain, especially in England. See Heralds' Collegebelow), and King-at-Arms.
    • v. t Herald To introduce, or give tidings of, as by a herald; to proclaim; to announce; to foretell; to usher in.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n herald An officer sent by a sovereign, a general, or other person of high authority to another, or to an army or public assembly, with a formal message or proclamation, or employed in related duties. The specific office of herald has existed from early historical times; but as still maintained, as in Great Britain, it is merely nominal or restricted to subsidiary functions. In the middle ages the herald was an important adjunct of armies and courts. His person was inviolable. His costume was emblazoned with the armorial bearings of his chief, and constituted an official dress which it was a high offense for another person to assume. As armorial bearings became a matter of careful record, the herald was especially charged with the proper depicting and blazoning of achievements, and with the supervision of the assumption of bearings by those who were entitled to them and their prohibition to others, and hence with the genealogy of noble families and the descent of titles. At times questions of precedence, and of the marshaling of ceremonial processions and the like, were referred to heralds. Compare pursuivant and king-at-arms. See Herald's College, below.
    • n herald In extended modern use, any official messenger, especially one charged with a message of defiance, a proposition of peace, or the like.
    • n herald A proclaimer; a publisher; a crier; an announcer of important tidings.
    • n herald A forerunner; a precursor; a harbinger: sometimes used poetically in apposition or attributively.
    • n herald The red-breasted merganser, Mergus serrator, more fully called herald-duck. See earl-duck, harle.
    • n herald A noctuid moth, Gonoptera libatrix: an English collectors’ name. See Gonoptera.
    • herald To proclaim; give tidings of as a herald; announce.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Herald her′ald in ancient times, an officer who made public proclamations and arranged ceremonies: in medieval times, an officer who had charge of all the etiquette of chivalry, keeping a register of the genealogies and armorial bearings of the nobles: an officer whose duty is to read proclamations, to blazon the arms of the nobility, &c.: a proclaimer: a forerunner: the red-breasted merganser, usually Her′ald-duck
    • v.t Herald to introduce, as by a herald: to proclaim
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  • Andrea Dworkin
    “Male supremacy is fused into the language, so that every sentence both heralds and affirms it.”
  • Jacques Attali
    Jacques Attali
    “Today, music heralds... the establishment of a society of repetition in which nothing will happen anymore.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Silence is the perfectos herald of joy. I were but little happy if I could say how much.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “There is no such thing as an omen. Destiny does not send us heralds. She is too wise or too cruel for that.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. herald, heraud, OF. heralt, heraut, herault, F. héraut, LL. heraldus, haraldus, fr. (assumed) OHG. heriwalto, hariwaldo, a (civil) officer who serves the army; hari, heri, army + waltan, to manage, govern, G. walten,; akin to E. wield,. See Harry Wield


In literature:

The Conservative daily papers are the "Standard" and the "Herald," both rabidly Southern.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 17, No. 100, February, 1866" by Various
A. I read the New York Herald and I read the New York World, and the New York Staats-Zeitung, a German paper.
"The Attempted Assassination of ex-President Theodore Roosevelt" by Oliver Remey
The heralds then proclaimed silence until the laws of the tourney should be rehearsed.
"Journeys Through Bookland, Vol. 6" by Charles H. Sylvester
Generally speaking, the falling of the mercury in the tube of the barometer indicates rain, and its rise heralds clear weather.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. 5, July 1878, No. 9" by Various
These heralds, upon arriving at the outposts, requested to speak with the commanders.
"The First Four Books of Xenophon's Anabasis" by Xenophon
Also, there were four and twenty heralds and pursuivants, and sixty lords and knights.
"Christmas: Its Origin and Associations" by William Francis Dawson
Christian Herald, Bible House, New York City.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
As the herald came close to him the prince's steed stopped of his own accord.
"The Golden Spears" by Edmund Leamy
If their names were not found in the registers of heralds, they were recorded in the Book of Life.
"The Best of the World's Classics, Vol. V (of X) - Great Britain and Ireland III" by Various
Other bosses are either floral or heraldic, the latter containing the arms of the Despensers.
"Bell's Cathedrals: The Abbey Church of Tewkesbury" by H. J. L. J. Massé

In poetry:

She looks upon the joy that was,
As herald of the joy to be;
She weighs the glory that he has
Against the things we see, --
"Ten Years After - Easter Sunday" by Annie Adams Fields
Death may vaunt and Death may boast,
But we laugh his pow'r to scorn;
He is but a slave at most,--
Night that heralds coming morn.
"Communion" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
And as of old by two and two
His herald saints the Saviour sent
To soften hearts like morning dew,
Where he to shine in mercy meant;
"St. Simon And St. Jude" by John Keble
Peace may thy servant preach, who now
Comes, as a herald of thy grace,
To lead thy people when they bow
In worship, in this holy place.
"Hymns For Ordination and Installation VII" by John Pierpont
Nobles and Heralds, by your leave,
Here lies what once was Matthew Prior,
The son of Adam and of Eve;
Can Stuart or Nassau claim higher.
"Epitaph Extempore" by Matthew Prior
And ever as they speed, I dream
Of all the coming thousand things
That time will herald with a beam
Of light from off his windless wings:
"Railway Dreamings" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

TAMA NEWS-HERALD-A very popular class last spring was Berleen Wobeter's class on making and using an earth oven.
Palme d'Or is our least heralded great restaurant.
Photo by Jonathan Palmer HERALD-LEADER.
Herald Journal, Jan 30, 2006.
News of it first broke in the Portland Sunday Herald.
Hunters gear up, Robert Duncan is crowned the new Ak-Sar-Ben King, and the Creighton Bluejays basketball teams mingle with fans in The World-Herald Week in Pictures: October 8-14.
Kirsten Peters — Special to the Tri-City Herald.
Eini Vourloumis for The International Herald Tribune.
Laura Leon for the International Herald Tribune.
Duty free shopping in Europe dies at midnight on June 30, heralding an end to one source of cheap alcohol and cigarettes for travelers and lower profits for many transport firms.
A midnight fireworks display heralded East Timor as the world's newest nation today.
Tomorrow in the Weekend Herald, a special 8-page liftout on the life of a great New Zealander.
I suppose that very few casual readers of the "New York Herald" of August 13th observed, in an obscure corner, among the "Deaths," the announcement.
From The Biloxi Sun-Herald: A former finance manager of the Bay-Waveland (Miss.

In science:

When t > 50% such a detection heralds the desired noiseless amplification.
Heralded photon amplification for quantum communication
The successful state preparation is heralded by a click of both PDA and PDB .
Proposal for a loophole-free Bell test using homodyne detection
State-of-the-art in the field in 1949 resulted in the formulation of the universal Fermi interaction, the herald of the weak interaction (Fig.1), when the nuclear beta decay(s), the muon decay and the capture of the muon by a nucleus were all recognized to be varieties of the same interaction.
The Neutrino - Its Past, Present and Future
The lack of clear-cut results in a much-heralded approach merit closer examination.
A Second Look at Canonical Sampling of Biomolecules using Replica Exchange Simulation
KamLAND has thus not only confirmed solar neutrino oscillations, but has also uniquely specified the large mixing angle (LMA) solar solution, heralding a new era of precision neutrino physics.
Neutrino Mass