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October 19, 2021

Harbinger /ˈhär-bən-jər/ noun, verb

Definition: Harbinger is used both as a noun and a verb. As a noun, it means someone or something that indicates or signals the approach of someone or something. As a verb, it is used to announce or foretell something in the future.

Harbinger can also be used to express something that is foreboding or inhibited.

Etymology: Harbinger is a word from the late 15 century, derived from the Middle English herberger “a person sent ahead to arrange for lodgings,” usually for a monarch or even an army.

In a Sentence

The dark grey clouds were a harbinger that the storm was coming on Sam’s wedding day.

The queen sent a harbinger ahead by three days to ensure lodging at the destination.

The cheery Robin song is a harbinger of spring.


Herald, Omen, Precursor, Foregoer, Forerunner


Conceal, deny, Hide, Enshroud

1 Comment

  1. peter regis

    That is NOT using harbinger as a verb! In every example given, it is a noun.


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