herald - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] 

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  1. 1
    in the past, a person who delivered official messages or made announcements for a king or queen
  2. 2
    mainly literary a sign that something is going to happen soon
    herald of:

    These tiny flowers are the first heralds of spring.

  3. 3
    someone who keeps records of families who have a coat of arms (=a design or picture that represents a family)
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