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[tahy-dingz] /ˈtaɪ dɪŋz/
noun, (sometimes used with a singular verb)
news, information, or intelligence:
sad tidings.
Origin of tidings
before 1100; Middle English; Old English tīdung; cognate with Dutch tijding, German Zeitung news; akin to Old Norse tīthindi. See tide2, -ing1 Unabridged
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  • But the folk dances from those same nations are usually glad tidings.
  • The new forecast brought better tidings about the outlook for public jobs.
  • Hatch received no tidings of him yesterday, though active search was made in all possible directions.
  • No tidings have been received of the whereabouts of these or the others, and no hopes are now entertained of their safety.
  • These happy tidings are expressed in many different ways in many different countries.
  • She went on her way, knocking on other cabins with the same ebullient tidings.
  • If you have particularly juicy tidings, you needn't send them via e-mail at all.
  • But this week marine biologists received some glad tidings, which may help to preserve a few more such places.
  • Some thought the superstore's collapse would bring better tidings for smaller shops.
  • At this stage of civilization, comets were seen as harbingers of bad tidings.
British Dictionary definitions for tidings


plural noun
information or news
Word Origin
Old English tīdung; related to Middle Low German tīdinge information, Old Norse tidhendi events; see tide²
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Word Origin and History for tidings

"announcement of an event," 1069, from Old English tidung "event, occurrence, piece of news," perhaps in part a verbal noun from Old English tidan "to happen," in part from Old Norse tiðendi (plural) "events, news," from tiðr (adj.) "occurring," from PIE *di-ti- (see tide (n.)). Cf. Norwegian tidende "tidings, news," Dutch tijding, German Zeitung "newspaper."

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