Meaning of harbinger

har•bin•ger

Pronunciation: (här'bin-jur), [key]
— n.
  1. a person who goes ahead and makes known the approach of another; herald.
  2. anything that foreshadows a future event; omen; sign: Frost is a harbinger of winter.
  3. a person sent in advance of troops, a royal train, etc., to provide or secure lodgings and other accommodations.
—v.t.
  1. to act as harbinger to; herald the coming of.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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