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Originally, a person that is sent in advance to arrange lodgings. From Middle English herbergeour, from Old French herbergeor (French hébergeur), from Frankish *heriberga ("lodging, inn", literally "army shelter"), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz ("army") + *bergô ("protection"). Compare German Herberge, Italian albergo, Dutch herberg, English harbor. More at here, borrow.
harbinger (plural harbingers)
- A person or thing that foreshadows or foretells the coming of someone or something.
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- I knew by these harbingers who were coming.
- (obsolete) One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when travelling, to provide and prepare lodgings.
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that which foretells the coming of something
- Italian: (person) messaggero (it) m, araldo (it) m, (thing) presagio (it) m, precursore (it), foriero (it), profeta (it) m, premonitore m, premonitrice f
- Japanese: (?, maebure)
- Korean: (ko) (seon-guja), (ko) (jeonjo)
- Latin: praenuntius m
- Polish: zwiastun (pl) m
- Portuguese: arauto (pt) pl
- Russian: (ru) m (provozvéstnik), (ru) m (predvéstnik)
- Serbo-Croatian: pred?asnik (sh), najava (sh), navesnik, nagovest, nagove?taj (sh)
- Spanish: anunciador (es) m, anunciante m, heraldo m
- Swedish: förebud (sv), förlöpare
- Welsh: cennad m, rhagredegydd m
harbinger (third-person singular simple present harbingers, present participle harbingering, simple past and past participle harbingered)
- (transitive) To announce or precede; to be a harbinger of.