Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Crier \Cri"er\ (kr?"?r), n. [Cf. F. crieur. See Cry.] One who cries; one who makes proclamation. Specifically, an officer who proclaims the orders or directions of a court, or who gives public notice by loud proclamation; as, a town-crier.
He openeth his mouth like a crier.
--Ecclus. xx. 15.
Crier is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
- Catherine Crier (born 1954), American television anchor
- Keenan Crier, a fictional character
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
early 13c. as a surname; as an officer of the courts, late 13c., agent noun from cry (v.); town crier sense is late 14c.
n. (surname: English)
Usage examples of "crier".
In this state of disgrace and agony, two bishops, Isaiah of Rhodes and Alexander of Diospolis, were dragged through the streets of Constantinople, while their brethren were admonished, by the voice of a crier, to observe this awful lesson, and not to pollute the sanctity of their character.
What was to happen to Fleech, the crier who had become a squealer, Dave Channey was soon to see.
The criers of fish and wine, the goliards and their songs were gone from the streets.
Dalai Lama himself, minus his Regent and Lord Chamberlain, accompanied only by his personal bodyguard and Chief Crier, Carl Linga William Eiheji.
Chief Crier and Head of Security, Carl Linga William Eiheji, and the boy himself -- the Dalai Lama.
In addition, there were more pukers, more screamers, more criers, and more unwanted advances stifled with slaps.
I know that the town criers as well our own efficient gossip mills have spread the news of what transpired in the sabha this morning.
As he stood buried in his reflections the town crier entered the Vier Marchi, and, going to La Pyramide, took his place upon the steps, and in a loud voice began reading a proclamation.
England, to the Crier, and they shall have a Benediction from the Pope, an hundred oaths from the Cavaliers, 40 kisses from the Wanton Wenches, and be made Pursevant to the next Arch Bishop.
This, because he, Charles Britt, had once been town crier, many years ago when his pants had been short and his eyes unimprisoned by spectacles and ledgers, and in those days he had hated the rain.
When Kellogg was so excited about something that he sent Edge out as a town crier.
There were criers, most yelling the semiofficial line of one or other of the ridings.
Behind the bearers, the front and rear criers stood leaning on their poles.
Then do we send out four criers to the town below, to remind all that on a day such as this no one may lift a hand to do any other citizen harm.
With the administration of the final oath and the examination of the weapons, the preliminary ceremonies came to an end, and presently Myles heard the criers calling to clear the lists.