from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A piece of information or news. Often used in the plural: tidings of great joy; sad tidings. See Synonyms at news.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. news; new information

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Tidings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The announcement of an event or occurrence not previously made known; a piece of news; hence, in the plural, news; information; in telligence: now always used in the plural.
  • n. [The plural form tidings is sometimes used as a singular. Compare news.
  • n. Synonyms Intelligence, etc. See news.


Middle English tiding, perhaps from Old Norse tīdhendi, events, from tīdhr, occurring; see dā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Old English tīdung, probably with assimilation to -ing. Either from or influenced by Old Norse tíðindi[2] ( > Danish/Norwegian tidende). (Wiktionary)



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