harbinger(HAR-bin-juhr), noun. 1. (Archaic) One who provides lodgings; especially, the officer of the English royal household who formerly preceded the court when traveling, to provide and prepare lodgings. 2. A forerunner; a precursor; one that presages or foreshadows what is to come.Is the earthquake in Hawaii a harbinger of more to come?
Today's word has royal roots -- but a more timely meaning, too.
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