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har·bin·ger  audio  (härbn-jr) KEY 

NOUN:
One that indicates or foreshadows what is to come; a forerunner.
TRANSITIVE VERB:
har·bin·gered, har·bin·ger·ing, har·bin·gers
To signal the approach of; presage.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English herbengar, person sent ahead to arrange lodgings, from Old French herbergeor, from herbergier, to provide lodging for, from herberge, lodging, of Germanic origin; see koro- in Indo-European roots


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