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Below you will find the definition of harbinger, followed by 37 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
EXAMPLES - Harbinger in a Sentence
- I have to say I've never been called a harbinger before. (source)
- But this metric might not be a great harbinger of success. (source)
- A harbinger was the first run of fish in the St. Lawrence River. (source)
- Was the bird some kind of harbinger, trained to speak over the dead? (source)
- The smell of lawn chemicals is as dependable a harbinger of spring as robins and lilacs. (source)
- In some ways, they said, the midterms were not as bleak a harbinger as some Democrats fear. (source)
- Do you think that ` s any kind of harbinger of success for him in America and bringing fans in? (source)
- In general mysticism, it has been called the harbinger of Enlightnment, which is the second stage. (source)
- In recent years, a new kind of harbinger of the season has blossomed on the sidewalks of Manhattan. (source)
- Now, let me just describe something that I think might be a harbinger of things to come, I might say. (source)
- While this stark reality seems intractable, a harbinger of total collapse of our democracy, it is not. (source)
- China is in a fever of dam building, which makes the Mekong drought a possible harbinger of more such conflicts. (source)
- An early "harbinger" uptick in inflation instability is also marked on the chart that peaks between 2001 and 2002. (source)
- In the "tea bagger" secular version: the US government is the enemy and is the harbinger of doom, collapse and the end. (source)
- Pickup truck sales rebounded in March, a harbinger for the economy since small-business owners make up nearly 75% of buyers. (source)
- It is best picture this year by a mile, and its tragedy is a kind of harbinger of what may be a century of tragedies for the USA. (source)
- Against the odds given the UK's electoral system, this victory could be seen as a change in attitudes in UK society and a harbinger of change. (source)
- What Katz experienced and reveals to us, however, is a harbinger of an exciting journalism future-in-the-making -- the coming media convergence: (source)
- Some have claimed -- Glenn Beck is a notable case in point -- that the Egyptian revolution is the harbinger of a menacing "one-world government." (source)
- Rentrak Chief Research Operator Bruce Goerlich agreed with Wurtzel that simultaneous viewing of the Olympics was a "harbinger" of increased multi-screen viewing. (source)
- Rentrak Chief Research Operator Bruce Goerlich agreed with Wurtzel that simultaneous viewing of the Olympics was a "harbinger" of increased multi-screen viewing.?? (source)
- And speaking of this seemingly rainy year for NY Republicans, is the lack of a GOP challenger to Senator Kirsten Gillibrand a harbinger of the national party's 2012 problems? (source)
- Therefore, the JOLT survey is seen as a near - to mid-term harbinger of future hiring - and two straight months of declines sends a clear signal that joblessness won't be declining. (source)
- The harbinger was a 9-for-11 success rate in the first quarter, and though they cooled off from there, the Cougars made it known that they're one of the state's most dangerous teams. (source)
- Underscoring the need for a peaceful relation between the two neighboring countries of India and Pakistan, Altaf said that peace was a harbinger for holistic development of any state. (source)
- Thursday's elections in Britain could be a harbinger of what is likely to come to America in the not-too-distant future: new movements and even parties that shake up the political system. (source)
- An occurrence calls for mention here, not only as a kind of harbinger of the "storm," but as one of the chief incidents which in the course of recent years have troubled Anglo-German relations. (source)
- The deal, about a year in the making, is the largest retail transaction the Washington area has seen in the last two years and one that JBGR calls a harbinger of commercial real estate recovery. (source)
- As the alphabetic symbol for a rite of initiation into education in English, SAT may not be classifiable as a part of speech, but it is likely a harbinger of new kinds of speech evolving in Global English. (source)
- "This is a much stronger harbinger of economic recovery than just consumers going back into the marketplace, because these buyers are employers," said Jesse Toprak, vice president of industry trends at automotive data firm TrueCar. (source)
- In what lobbyists are calling a harbinger of possible upheaval on Capitol Hill, many who make a living influencing government have gone from mostly shunning Democrats to aggressively recruiting them as lobbyists over the past six months or so. (source)
- Titled In The Days Of The Comet, the show orbits around the comet's trajectory as a metaphor for timely recurrence, parallel existences, or some kind of harbinger of change, which, of course, leaves the field potentially open to just about everybody. (source)
- Meanwhile, back on Planet Wishful Thinking, ex-North Las Vegas Mayor Mike Montandon hyped a Clark County Republican Central Committee straw poll result this week that showed him with a narrow lead as some kind of harbinger that the faithful adore him best. (source)
- While the Obamessiah may have been somewhat successful in selling the American electorate on the possibility of a neo-socialist government, the chances of a permanent left turn in American politics, if Chavez 'Venezuela is any kind of harbinger, are slim to none. (source)
- Last week, TransMedia arranged for Florida's largest homebuilder, GL Homes, to make the national media rounds with an upbeat story of how it sold 900 homes in the past nine months, which TransMedia calls a harbinger of a turnaround in a key sector of Florida's economy. (source)
- The harbinger is the situation in Mexico, where the cartels are mounting armed attacks on officials, driving them to take repressive measures that are building resentment among ordinary citizens, many of whom are coming to see police and military as more of a threat than the cartelistas. (source)
- Elizabeth Montague arranged the chairs of her salons in a semicircle where attendees were assigned places according to "talent and rank" (a challenge if one was considered to have one but not the other!), whereas Elizabeth Vesey, a more prescient harbinger of modern blogging, scattered cushions in the room so that there was "no zig-zag path of common impediment" to discourse. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 37 example sentences provided below is 53.0, which suggests that "harbinger" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 10 synonyms for harbinger.
augury, forerunner, foretoken, herald, messenger, omen, portent, precursor, sign, signal
We have 0 antonyms for harbinger.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of harbinger from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (noun) One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner.
- (verb-transitive) To signal the approach of; presage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A person or thing that foreshadows or foretells the coming of someone or something.
- (verb) To announce; to be a harbinger of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings.
- (noun) A forerunner; a precursor; a messenger.
- (verb-transitive) To usher in; to be a harbinger of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) One who provides or secures lodging for another; specifically, a royal officer who rode a day's journey in advance of the court when traveling, to provide lodgings and other accommodations.
- (noun) One who or that which precedes and gives notice of the coming of some other person or thing; a forerunner; a precursor.
- (None) To precede; act as a harbinger to; serve as an omen or indication of; presage; announce.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
- (verb) foreshadow or presage