(Har"bin*ger) n. [OE. herbergeour, OF. herbergeor one who provides lodging, fr. herbergier
to provide lodging, F. héberger, 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.
2. A forerunner; a precursor; a messenger.
I knew by these harbingers who were coming.Landor.
(Har"bin*ger), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Harbingered (-jerd); p. pr. & vb. n. Harbingering.] To
usher in; to be a harbinger of. "Thus did the star of religious freedom harbinger the day." Bancroft.
(Har"bor) n. [Written also harbour.] [OE. herbor, herberwe, herberge, Icel. herbergi orig.,
a shelter for soldiers; herr army + bjarga to save, help, defend; akin to AS. here army, G. heer, OHG.
heri, Goth. harjis, and AS. beorgan to save, shelter, defend, G. bergen. See Harry, 2d Bury, and cf.
1. A station for rest and entertainment; a place of security and comfort; a refuge; a shelter.
[A grove] fair harbour that them seems.Spenser.
For harbor at a thousand doors they knocked.Dryden.
2. Specif.: A lodging place; an inn. [Obs.] Chaucer.
3. (Astrol.) The mansion of a heavenly body. [Obs.]
4. A portion of a sea, a lake, or other large body of water, either landlocked or artificially protected so as
to be a place of safety for vessels in stormy weather; a port or haven.
5. (Glass Works) A mixing box for materials.
Harbor dues (Naut.), fees paid for the use of a harbor. Harbor seal (Zoöl.), the common seal.
Harbor watch, a watch set when a vessel is in port; an anchor watch.
(Har"bor) v. t. [Written also harbour.] [imp. & p. p. Harbored (-berd); p. pr. & vb. n. Harboring.]
[OE. herberen, herberwen, herbergen; cf. Icel. herbergja. See Harbor, n.] To afford lodging to; to
entertain as a guest; to shelter; to receive; to give a refuge to; to indulge or cherish
Any place that harbors men.Shak.
The bare suspicion made it treason to harbor the person suspected.Bp. Burnet.
Let not your gentle breast harbor one thought of outrage.Rowe.
(Har"bor), v. i. To lodge, or abide for a time; to take shelter, as in a harbor.
For this night let's harbor here in York.Shak.
(Har"bor*age) n. Shelter; entertainment.[R.]
Where can I get me harborage for the night?Tennyson.
(Har"bor*er) n. One who, or that which, harbors.
Geneva was . . . a harborer of exiles for religion.Strype.