from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner.
- transitive v. To signal the approach of; presage.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A person or thing that foreshadows or foretells the coming of someone or something.
- v. To announce; to be a harbinger of.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings.
- n. A forerunner; a precursor; a messenger.
- transitive v. To usher in; to be a harbinger of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. 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.
- n. One who or that which precedes and gives notice of the coming of some other person or thing; a forerunner; a precursor.
- 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.
- n. something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
- v. foreshadow or presage
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.
In some ways, they said, the midterms were not as bleak a harbinger as some Democrats fear.
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.
A harbinger was the first run of fish in the St. Lawrence River.
I have to say I've never been called a harbinger before.
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.
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.
Since stocks in the region began their rally in 2009, South Korea's Kospi index has quietly emerged as the so-called harbinger of market trends.
In general mysticism, it has been called the harbinger of Enlightnment, which is the second stage.
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.