noun (sometimes used with a singular verb)
news, information, or intelligence: sad tidings.

before 1100; Middle English; Old English tīdung; cognate with Dutch tijding, German Zeitung news; akin to Old Norse tīthindi. See tide2, -ing1

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tidings (ˈtaɪdɪŋz)
pl n
information or news
[Old English tīdung; related to Middle Low German tīdinge information, Old Norse tidhendi events; see tide²]

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Word Origin & History

"announcement of an event," 1069, from O.E. tidung "event, occurrence, piece of news," perhaps in part a verbal noun from O.E. tidan "to happen," in part from O.N. tiðendi (pl.) "events, news," from tiðr (adj.) "occurring," from PIE *di-ti- (see tide). Cf. Norw. tidende
"tidings, news," Du. tijding, Ger. Zeitung "newspaper").
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Example sentences
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.
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