Originally, a person that is sent in advance to provide lodgings. From Middle English herbergeour, from Old French herbergeor ( > French hébergeur, from héberger (“to accommodate, put up”), from Frankish *heriberga (“lodging, inn”, literally “army shelter”), from Proto-Germanic *harjaz (“army”) + *bergô (“protection”). Compare German Herberge, Italian albergo, Dutch herberg, English harbour. More at here, borrow.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈhɑː(ɹ).bɪn.dʒə(ɹ)/
- (US) enPR: härʹbĭnjər, IPA(key): /ˈhɑːɹbɪndʒɚ/
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harbinger (plural harbingers)
- A person or thing that foreshadows or foretells the coming of someone or something.
- I knew by these harbingers who were coming.
- (obsolete) One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when travelling, to provide and prepare lodgings.
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