Originally, a person that is sent in advance to provide lodgings. From Middle English herbergeour, from Old French herbergeor ( > French 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.
- (RP) IPA: /ˈhɑː(ɹ).bɪn.dʒə(ɹ)/, X-SAMPA: /"hA:(r).bIn.dZ@(r)/
- (US) enPR: härʹbĭnjər, IPA: /ˈhɑːɹbɪndʒɚ/, X-SAMPA: /"hA:rbIndZ@`/
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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.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Fuller to this entry?)