from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A town officer who makes proclamations to the people; the public crier of a town.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (formerly) an official who made public announcements


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  • Look in the next page, and you will see the ferocious, bacon-devouring ruffian of a miller is actually causing this garment to be carried through the village and cried by the town-crier.

    George Cruikshank

  • But her secret had been published, as it were, by the town-crier in the High Street!

    The Last Chronicle of Barset

  • The bellman was both town-crier and night-watchman.

    The Journal to Stella

  • But it was only a town-crier beating his drum to call the people together.

    The Honor of the Name

  • Even when a mere child I began my travels, and made many tours of discovery into foreign parts and unknown regions of my native city, to the frequent alarm of my parents, and the emolument of the town-crier.

    The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon

  • The Coppersmith is a bird who makes a noise exactly like the beating of a little hammer on a copper pot; and the reason he is always making it is because he is the town-crier to every Indian garden, and tells all the news to everybody who cares to listen.

    The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told

  • 'Don't shout, Ingmar,' said the Prime Minister, a murmur from Ingmar Bresslaw being something akin to a town-crier who has been given a packet of throat pastilles and a megaphone for his birthday.


  • In Liverpool men were openly paid for their votes; and Lord Cochrane stated in the House of Commons that, after his return for Honiton, he sent the town-crier round the borough to tell the voters to go to the chief banker for L10 10s. each.

    The Grand Old Man

  • Now was the time for the town-crier to begin his round.

    Maigret Stonewalled

  • Announce reward, by town-crier, to anyone who met Gallet Saturday the 25th.

    Maigret Stonewalled


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