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harbinger


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harbinger  \Har"bin*ger\,  n.  [OE.  herbergeour,  OF  herbergeor  one 
  who  provides  lodging,  fr  herbergier  to  provide  lodging,  F. 
  h['e]berger,  OF  herberge  lodging,  inn,  F.  auberge;  of  German 
  origin.  See  {Harbor}.] 
  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.  --Fuller. 
 
  2.  A  forerunner;  a  precursor;  a  messenger. 
 
  I  knew  by  these  harbingers  who  were  coming. 
  --Landor. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Harbinger  \Har"bin*ger\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Harbingered};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Harbingering}.] 
  To  usher  in  to  be  a  harbinger  of  ``Thus  did  the  star  of 
  religious  freedom  harbinger  the  day.''  --Bancroft. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  harbinger 
  n  :  an  indication  of  the  approach  of  something  or  someone  [syn: 
  {forerunner},  {herald},  {precursor}] 
  v  :  foreshadow  or  presage  [syn:  {announce},  {annunciate},  {foretell}, 
  {herald}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Harbinger,  NC 
  Zip  code(s):  27941 




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