from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A public clamor, as of protest or demand: raised a great hue and cry about political corruption.
- n. The pursuit of a felon announced with loud shouts to alert others who were then legally obliged to give chase.
- n. The loud outcry formerly used in such a pursuit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The public pursuit of a felon; accompanied by shouts to warn others to give chase.
- n. A loud and persistent public clamour; especially one of protest or making some demand.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a loud outcry with which felons were anciently pursued, and which all who heard it were obliged to take up, joining in the pursuit till the malefactor was taken; in later usage, a written proclamation issued on the escape of a felon from prison, requiring all persons to aid in retaking him.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. loud and persistent outcry from many people
Middle English hew and cri, partial translation of Anglo-Norman hu e cri : hu, outcry, clamor (from Old French huer, to shout, of imitative origin) + e, and + cri, cry (from Old French crier, to cry; see cry).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Anglo-Norman legal phrase hu e cri. (Wiktionary)