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crier

[krahy-er] /ˈkraɪ ər/
noun
1.
a person who cries.
2.
a court or town official who makes public announcements.
3.
a hawker.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English criere < Old French. See cry, -er1
Related forms
undercrier, noun
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Examples from the web for crier
  • The justices' first order of business was to appoint a court crier and clerk and to admit lawyers to the bar.
  • The wants to be judge, jury and executioner when they have not even proven to be an adequate town crier.
  • The sheriff court services officer in attendance upon court shall act as the crier thereof.
British Dictionary definitions for crier

crier

/ˈkraɪə/
noun
1.
a person or animal that cries
2.
(formerly) an official who made public announcements, esp in a town or court
3.
a person who shouts advertisements about the goods he is selling
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Word Origin and History for crier
n.

early 13c. as a surname; as an officer of the courts, late 13c., agent noun from cry (v.); town crier sense is late 14c.

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