What does the word harbinger mean?

Usage examples for harbinger

  1. The division of a nation is the surest harbinger of success to its invaders, the death- blow to its Sovereign's authority, and the total destruction of that innate energy by which alone a country can obtain the dignity of its own independence. – The Memoirs of Louis XV. and XVI., Volume 7 Being Secret Memoirs of Madame du Hausset, Lady's Maid to Madame de Pompadour, and of an Unknown English Girl and The Princess Lamballe by Madame du Hausset, and of an Unknown English Girl and the Princess Lamballe
  2. The voice of Harbinger behind them said: " Lady- Babs!" – The Patrician by John Galsworthy