Definition of town crier in US English:

town crier


  • A person employed to make public announcements in the streets or marketplace of a town.

    • ‘Yet over a four-year period, Watson was employed as a town crier, children's entertainer, and as a toastmaster.’
    • ‘The crier will also be expected to wear a traditional tricorn hat, a red cloak and to carry the town crier's bell at official functions.’
    • ‘The town crier had just announced midnight a few minutes before.’
    • ‘A British man is living out his American dream - by being the official town crier of Hollywood.’
    • ‘The Tartan Day celebrations began with a town crier walking down Sixth Avenue from 45th Street announcing the beginning of the parade.’
    messenger, courier, bearer of tidings
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town crier

/ˈˌtoun ˈkrī(ə)r//ˈˌtaʊn ˈkraɪ(ə)r/