"herald" in the noun sense
1. herald, trumpeter
formal) a person who announces important news
"the chieftain had a herald who announced his arrival with a trumpet"
2. harbinger, forerunner, predecessor, herald, precursor
something that precedes and indicates the approach of something or someone
"herald" in the verb sense
1. announce, annunciate, harbinger, foretell, herald
foreshadow or presage
2. acclaim, hail, herald
"The critics hailed the young pianist as a new Rubinstein"
3. hail, herald
greet enthusiastically or joyfully
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