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[hahr-bin-jer] /ˈhɑr bɪn dʒər/

a person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another; herald.
anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign:
Frost is a harbinger of winter.
a person sent in advance of troops, a royal train, etc., to provide or secure lodgings and other accommodations.
verb (used with object)
to act as harbinger to; herald the coming of.
a person or thing that announces or indicates the approach of something; forerunner
(obsolete) a person sent in advance of a royal party or army to obtain lodgings for them
(transitive) to announce the approach or arrival of

late 15c., herbengar “one sent ahead to arrange lodgings” (for a monarch, an army, etc.), alteration of Middle English herberger “provider of shelter, innkeeper” (late 12c.), from Old French herbergeor, from herbergier “provide lodging,” from herber “lodging, shelter,” from Frankish *heriberga “lodging, inn” (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German heriberga “army shelter,” from heri “army” + berga “shelter”); see harbor. Sense of “forerunner” is mid-16c. Intrusive -n- is 15c. (see messenger). As a verb, from 1640s (harbinge “to lodge” is late 15c.).


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