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1. One that cries, such as a person who sheds tears more readily than others.
3. See hawker.
4. An official who announces the orders of a court of law.
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1. a person or animal that cries
2. (Communications & Information) (formerly) an official who made public announcements, esp in a town or court
3. (Marketing) a person who shouts advertisements about the goods he is selling
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(ˈkraɪ ər)

1. a person who cries.
2. a court or town official who makes public announcements.
3. a hawker.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crier - a person who weepscrier - a person who weeps      
unfortunate, unfortunate person - a person who suffers misfortune
bawler - a loud weeper; "their new baby is a real bawler"
blubberer - someone who sniffles and weeps with loud sobs
2.crier - (formerly) an official who made public announcementscrier - (formerly) an official who made public announcements
announcer - someone who proclaims a message publicly
3.crier - a peddler who shouts to advertise the goods he sells
hawker, packman, peddler, pedlar, pitchman - someone who travels about selling his wares (as on the streets or at carnivals)
bawler, bellower, roarer, screamer, screecher, shouter, yeller - someone who communicates vocally in a very loud voice
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n (= town crier)Ausrufer m; (= court crier)Gerichtsdiener m
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References in classic literature ?
This custom of promulgating everything by criers, is not confined to the Nez Perces, but prevails among many other tribes.
In the morning also, all the sworn criers of the good city of Paris had traversed the quarters of the city, particularly the halles and the faubourgs, announcing with their hoarse and indefatigable voices, the great justice done by the king upon two speculators, two thieves, devourers of the people.
The sheriffs with their great chains and nosegays, other civic gewgaws and monsters, criers, ushers, a great gallery full of people - a large theatrical audience - looked on, as the two-and-thirty and the Judge were solemnly confronted.
So the chief of police ordered a gallows to be erected, and sent criers to proclaim in every street in the city that a Christian was to be hanged that day for having killed a Mussulman.
The goddess Dawn now wended her way to vast Olympus that she might herald day to Jove and to the other immortals, and Agamemnon sent the criers round to call the people in assembly; so they called them and the people gathered thereon.
Criers went the rounds early in the eve- ning and announced the coming attempt, which put every pulse up to fever heat.
Such criers of ill to come may well find ill at hand, Mopo." He ceased, looked on me threateningly awhile, and went on: "I did not speak of those words rolling by chance from a tongue half loosed by death, but of others that told of a certain Bulalio, of a Slaughterer who rules the People of the Axe and dwells beneath the shadow of the Ghost Mountain far away to the north yonder.
He at once sent the criers round to call the people in assembly, so they called them and the people gathered thereon; then, when they were got together, he went to the place of assembly spear in hand--not alone, for his two hounds went with him.
At the same moment the crier summoned the new witness by the extraordinary name of
--And again did Zarathustra's feet run through mountains and forests, and his eyes sought and sought, but nowhere was he to be seen whom they wanted to see--the sorely distressed sufferer and crier. On the whole way, however, he rejoiced in his heart and was full of gratitude.
My master alighted at an inn which he used to frequent; and after consulting awhile with the inn-keeper, and making some necessary preparations, he hired the GRULTRUD, or crier, to give notice through the town of a strange creature to be seen at the sign of the Green Eagle, not so big as a SPLACNUCK (an animal in that country very finely shaped, about six feet long,) and in every part of the body resembling a human creature, could speak several words, and perform a hundred diverting tricks.
A judge was appointed; also clerks, a crier of the court, constables, sheriffs; counsel for the State and for the defendant; witnesses were subpoenaed, and a jury empaneled after much challenging.