Definition of tidings in English:


plural noun

  • 1archaic, literary News; information:

    ‘the bearer of glad tidings’
    [in singular] ‘amid the clouds of gloom, this is a good tiding’
    • ‘It said some workers had already returned to work and other workers will get letters telling them the glad tidings soon.’
    • ‘Recent days brought tidings of an official invitation to Paris.’
    • ‘If it had happened yesterday, you would have read about it on the internet, or received the bad tidings in an email or a text message.’
    • ‘Each positive piece of economic news last fall was matched by equally bad economic tidings.’
    • ‘The sad tidings were received with a sense of total disbelief.’
    • ‘It has been a pleasure to bring the good tidings to our public.’
    • ‘Several of his less talented colleagues, I'm told, protested vehemently when they heard the glad tidings.’
    • ‘Mrs Manning obviously intended to come as a bearer of good tidings.’
    report, announcement, story, account
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  • 2rare A flock of magpies:

    ‘a tiding of magpies perch in the low pines’


Late Old English tīdung ‘announcement, piece of news’, probably from Old Norse títhindi news of events, from títhr occurring.