Word Of The Week (WOW #36)

Hi guys,

WOW-2Word Of the Week (WOW) is a weekly meme created by Heena Rathore P. (me.)

It’s a fun way to improve one’s vocabulary by learning new words every week.

If you want to participate then simply do a post with your WORD and leave the link to your post as a comment on one of my WOW post.

Here’s this week’s WOW:



Part Of Speech:



  • To be a harbinger of – transitive verb


  • /ˈhɑːbɪn(d)ʒə/
  • har-bin-ger
  • Audio


  • A person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another.
  • A forerunner of something.
  • Something that shows what is coming.


Forewarning, presage, announcer, usher, foretoken


Unanticipated, lack of foreknowledge.

Word Origin:

Middle English: from Old French herbergere, from herbergier ‘provide lodging for’, from herberge ‘lodging’, from Old Saxon heriberga ‘shelter for an army, lodging’ (from heri‘army’ + a Germanic base meaning ‘fortified place’), related to harbour. The term originally denoted a person who provided lodging, later one who went ahead to find lodgings for an army or for a nobleman and his retinue, hence, a herald (mid 16th century).

Usage Note:


Use In Sentences:

  • Witch hazels are considered as the harbinger of spring.

  • Everyone knows the groundhog is the harbinger of a change in seasons.

  • His arrival was considered to be the harbinger of bad news.

I hope you guys like this word and hope it’s useful to you in some or the other way! If you want to check out more words like this, then visit my page:

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