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EtymologyEdit

Originally, a person that is sent in advance to arrange 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.

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harbinger ‎(plural harbingers)

  1. A person or thing that foreshadows or foretells the coming of someone or something.
    • Landor
      I knew by these harbingers who were coming.
  2. (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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harbinger ‎(third-person singular simple present harbingers, present participle harbingering, simple past and past participle harbingered)

  1. (transitive) To announce; to be a harbinger of.

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