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 for harbinger
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Harbinger \Har"bin*ger\ (h[add]r"b[i^]n*j[~e]r), n. [OE.
     herbergeour, OF. herbergeor one who provides lodging, fr.
     herbergier to provide lodging, F. h['e]berger, OF. herberge
     lodging, inn, F. auberge; of German origin. See Harbor.]
     1. One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the
        English royal household who formerly preceded the court
        when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings. --Fuller.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. A forerunner; a precursor; a messenger.
        [1913 Webster]
              I knew by these harbingers who were coming.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Harbinger \Har"bin*ger\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harbingered
     (h[add]r"b[i^]n*j[~e]rd); p. pr. & vb. n. Harbingering.]
     To usher in; to be a harbinger of. "Thus did the star of
     religious freedom harbinger the day." --Bancroft.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: something that precedes and indicates the approach of
           something or someone [syn: harbinger, forerunner,
           predecessor, herald, precursor]
      v 1: foreshadow or presage [syn: announce, annunciate,
           harbinger, foretell, herald]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  58 Moby Thesaurus words for "harbinger":
     Gabriel, ancestor, announce, announcer, antecedent, augury,
     avant-garde, bellwether, buccinator, buccinator novi temporis,
     bushwhacker, evangel, evangelist, explorer, forebear, foregoer,
     forerun, forerunner, foreshadower, foreshow, foretoken,
     front runner, frontiersman, fugleman, give notice, groundbreaker,
     guide, herald, herald angel, innovator, lead runner, leader,
     messenger, notify, omen, outrider, pathfinder, pioneer, point,
     portent, preannounce, precedent, precursor, predecessor,
     preindicate, premonitor, presage, presager, proclaim, run before,
     scout, sign, stormy petrel, trailblazer, trailbreaker, vanguard,
     vaunt-courier, voortrekker

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