Definitions

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

  • n. Archaic A person, such as a herald, sent in advance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Obsolete form of van-courier.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See van-courier.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An old form of van-courier.

Etymologies

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

Short for obsolete French avaunt-courier : Old French avaunt, in front; see vanguard + Old French courrier, messenger; see courier.

Examples

  • Too quickly has vanished the brief season when the sky is clement, when a little food suffices, and the chances of earning that little are more numerous than at other times; this wind that gives utterance to its familiar warning is the vaunt-courier of cold and hunger and solicitude that knows not sleep.

    The Nether World

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