Definition of harbinger :
1. A forerunner; a precursor; a messenger.
2. One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings.
3. To usher in; to be a harbinger of.
augur, denote, declare, predict, auspicate, angel, foreshadow, show, prefigure, outrider, promise, foresight, call, hail, betoken, forebode, foretell, portend, annunciate, bode, signal, acclaim, prognosticate, announce, preview, presager, tip-off, anticipate, trumpeter, litmus test, forecast, foregoer
messenger (part of speech: noun)
precursor (part of speech: noun)
omen (part of speech: noun)
- Sir Francis Drake, the earliest harbinger of Britain's dominance on the seas, appeared off the Plate on his way to the Pacific. - "The South American Republics Part I of II", Thomas C. Dawson.
- Will you now send my copy of the Harbinger to Almira? - "Early Letters of George Wm. Curtis", G. W. Curtis, ed. George Willis Cooke.
- I will consider that in meeting her to- night I have met with one of those birds whose appearance is to the sailor the harbinger of good luck. - "Shirley", Charlotte BrontÃ«.