Definition of crier in English:


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  • 1An officer who makes public announcements in a court of justice.

    ‘The crier calls out that court will reconvene tomorrow at 10 a.m.’
    • ‘A call would be made by the public crier, instructing that Armenian males should present themselves at a government building.’
    • ‘‘The king has gone blind, and only the blood of the Kaha bird can save him,’ the crier announced.’
    • ‘A hearing at Huddersfield Magistrates Court last month heard the crier claim on forms that he had suffered an injury while working as a handyman in 1998 which left him unable to work.’
    • ‘Telemachus wakes at dawn and has criers call the citizens to assembly.’
    • ‘She remembered that the crier had woken them all up to hear the news.’
    • ‘Silence pressed itself over the crowd while the crier waited.’
    • ‘The crier had ridden down the main street their inn was located on yesterday morning, bellowing Syran's message regarding the new rule.’
    • ‘The crier gave no information on this prisoner, but Ari had a sinking feeling that the prisoner that Syran was searching for was her father.’
    1. 1.1
      short for town crier
      ‘Mr Collier, who was one of the first five criers to perform, said: ‘This was my first real big championships.’’
      • ‘Instead of getting their information from the crier, the citizens would huddle around a piece of paper to have someone read it to them.’
      • ‘As well as taking part in the official contest, the criers spent both days helping guide visitors around Haworth.’
      • ‘The criers will be judged on volume, clarity, diction, inflection and dignity.’
      • ‘Even patients convalescing at Fairfield Sanatorium were not forgotten: street criers from the festival toured the wards distributing flowers and good cheer.’
      • ‘Plans for the competition are going well, but more volunteers are needed to put up visiting criers in their homes for a couple of nights.’
      • ‘The town crier added: ‘The first bids in would guarantee that I would contact them and get all the relevant information and give it to a crier.’’
      • ‘The idea could see Kendal have its own crier to announce special events and advertise up-and-coming attractions as well as attending civic functions.’
      • ‘Tewkesbury crier Mike is using the occasion to announce his support for the regiment to keep its unique badge, which it is in danger of losing in the impending merger with the Devonshire and Dorset Regiment.’
      • ‘Also in the town will be a town criers' competition, when ten criers from across the North will also be advertising local businesses, street collections and song and music.’
      • ‘His latest triumph came at Blackpool's annual town crier competition where he beat 20 other criers.’
      • ‘You could even decide to sponsor an individual town crier if you have a connection with where the crier comes from.’
      • ‘Brednich discussed a 17th-century painting depicting broadsides being carried by a street crier.’
      • ‘A feature of the competition saw Peterborough City Council's environmental control department measuring criers ' voices with a decimeter.’
      • ‘Eleven criers from as far afield as Stafford, Colchester, Swindon and even Hastings came to compete for the Barnoldswick Bellman trophy.’
      • ‘During the weekend, there will also be the chance for budding town criers to audition on the square as the town council looks to appoint a new crier for the town.’
      • ‘Only the top three criers were announced at the weekend and Mr Collier now has a nervous wait for his final positioning.’
      • ‘Mr Ferris said criers were ambassadors of goodwill for their communities.’
      • ‘The congregation included town councillors, criers and representatives of several local organisations.’
      • ‘The man's got some lungs alright - any town short of a crier might want to look him up.’
      announcer, proclaimer, herald, town crier, messenger, bearer of tidings
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/ˈkrīər/ /ˈkraɪər/


Late Middle English from Old French criere, from crier ‘to shout’.