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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sad tidings were received with a sense of total disbelief.’
    • ‘It said some workers had already returned to work and other workers will get letters telling them the glad tidings soon.’
    • ‘Each positive piece of economic news last fall was matched by equally bad economic tidings.’
    • ‘Mrs Manning obviously intended to come as a bearer of good tidings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Recent days brought tidings of an official invitation to Paris.’
    report, announcement, story, account
    news, information, intelligence, reports, advice, notification, word, talk, the latest
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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’.