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Definition of Harbinger


  1. One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings.
  2. A forerunner; a precursor; a messenger.
  3. To usher in; to be a harbinger of.

Harbinger Quotations

The true harbinger of spring is not crocuses or swallows returning to Capistrano, but the sound of the bat on the ball.
Bill Veeck

Exceptions are not always the proof of the old rule; they can also be the harbinger of a new one.
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

In all parts of the Old World, as well as of the New, it was evident that Columbus had kindled a fire in every mariner's heart. That fire was the harbinger of a new era, for it was not to be extinguished.
Charles Kendall Adams

Welcome, wild harbinger of spring! To this small nook of earth; Feeling and fancy fondly cling, Round thoughts which owe their birth, To thee, and to the humble spot, Where chance has fixed thy lowly lot.
Bernard Barton

For those of us imprisoned in Poland, the Prague Spring was a harbinger of hope.
Adam Michnik
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Harbinger Translations

harbinger in Italian is precursore
harbinger in Latin is praenuntius
harbinger in Spanish is heraldo
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