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har·bin·ger

 (här′bĭn-jər)
n.
One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner.
tr.v. har·bin·gered, har·bin·ger·ing, har·bin·gers
To signal the approach of; presage.

[Middle English herbengar, person sent ahead to arrange lodgings, from Old French herbergeor, from herbergier, to provide lodging for, from herberge, lodging, of Germanic origin; see koro- in Indo-European roots.]

harbinger

(ˈhɑːbɪndʒə)
n
1. a person or thing that announces or indicates the approach of something; forerunner
2. (Historical Terms) obsolete a person sent in advance of a royal party or army to obtain lodgings for them
vb
(tr) to announce the approach or arrival of
[C12: from Old French herbergere, from herberge lodging, from Old Saxon heriberga; compare Old High German heriberga army shelter; see harry, borough]

har•bin•ger

(ˈhɑr bɪn dʒər)

n.
1. one that announces or foreshadows the approach of someone or something; forerunner; herald.
2. a person sent in advance of troops, a royal train, etc., to provide or secure lodgings and other accommodations.
v.t.
3. to act as harbinger to; herald the coming of.
[1125–75; late Middle English herbenger, alter. of Middle English herbegere, dissimilated variant of Old French herberg(i)ere host =herberg(ier) to shelter (< Germanic; see harbor) + -iere -er2]

harbinger

- Originally, one who provided lodging or acted as a host.
See also related terms for host.

harbinger


Past participle: harbingered
Gerund: harbingering

Imperative
harbinger
harbinger
Present
I harbinger
you harbinger
he/she/it harbingers
we harbinger
you harbinger
they harbinger
Preterite
I harbingered
you harbingered
he/she/it harbingered
we harbingered
you harbingered
they harbingered
Present Continuous
I am harbingering
you are harbingering
he/she/it is harbingering
we are harbingering
you are harbingering
they are harbingering
Present Perfect
I have harbingered
you have harbingered
he/she/it has harbingered
we have harbingered
you have harbingered
they have harbingered
Past Continuous
I was harbingering
you were harbingering
he/she/it was harbingering
we were harbingering
you were harbingering
they were harbingering
Past Perfect
I had harbingered
you had harbingered
he/she/it had harbingered
we had harbingered
you had harbingered
they had harbingered
Future
I will harbinger
you will harbinger
he/she/it will harbinger
we will harbinger
you will harbinger
they will harbinger
Future Perfect
I will have harbingered
you will have harbingered
he/she/it will have harbingered
we will have harbingered
you will have harbingered
they will have harbingered
Future Continuous
I will be harbingering
you will be harbingering
he/she/it will be harbingering
we will be harbingering
you will be harbingering
they will be harbingering
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been harbingering
you have been harbingering
he/she/it has been harbingering
we have been harbingering
you have been harbingering
they have been harbingering
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been harbingering
you will have been harbingering
he/she/it will have been harbingering
we will have been harbingering
you will have been harbingering
they will have been harbingering
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been harbingering
you had been harbingering
he/she/it had been harbingering
we had been harbingering
you had been harbingering
they had been harbingering
Conditional
I would harbinger
you would harbinger
he/she/it would harbinger
we would harbinger
you would harbinger
they would harbinger
Past Conditional
I would have harbingered
you would have harbingered
he/she/it would have harbingered
we would have harbingered
you would have harbingered
they would have harbingered
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.harbinger - something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
indicant, indication - something that serves to indicate or suggest; "an indication of foul play"; "indications of strain"; "symptoms are the prime indicants of disease"
Verb1.harbinger - foreshadow or presageharbinger - foreshadow or presage    
tell - let something be known; "Tell them that you will be late"

harbinger

noun (Literary) sign, indication, herald, messenger, omen, precursor, forerunner, portent, foretoken a harbinger of winter

harbinger

noun
One that indicates or announces someone or something to come:
Translations
airut
boðberi

harbinger

[ˈhɑːbɪndʒəʳ] N (= person) → heraldo m, precursor m; (= sign) → presagio m, precursor m
harbinger of doompresagio m del desastre
the swallow is a harbinger of springla golondrina anuncia la venida de la primavera

harbinger

[ˈhɑːrbɪndʒər] (literary) nsigne m avant-coureur

harbinger

n (liter)Herold m (liter), → (Vor)bote m/-botin f
References in classic literature ?
Spring's real harbingers are too subtle for the eye and ear.
It was now the middle of May, and the morning was remarkably serene, when Mr Allworthy walked forth on the terrace, where the dawn opened every minute that lovely prospect we have before described to his eye; and now having sent forth streams of light, which ascended the blue firmament before him, as harbingers preceding his pomp, in the full blaze of his majesty rose the sun, than which one object alone in this lower creation could be more glorious, and that Mr Allworthy himself presented--a human being replete with benevolence, meditating in what manner he might render himself most acceptable to his Creator, by doing most good to his creatures.
Those from the north to the southwest are the harbingers of fair weather and a clear sky.