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 for College of Arms
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Herald \Her"ald\, n. [OE. herald, heraud, OF. heralt, heraut,
     herault, F. h['e]raut, LL. heraldus, haraldus, fr. (assumed)
     OHG. heriwalto, hariwaldo, a (civil) officer who serves the
     army; hari, heri, army + waltan to manage, govern, G. walten;
     akin to E. wield. See Harry, Wield.]
     1. (Antiq.) An officer whose business was to denounce or
        proclaim war, to challenge to battle, to proclaim peace,
        and to bear messages from the commander of an army. He was
        invested with a sacred and inviolable character.
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     2. In the Middle Ages, the officer charged with the above
        duties, and also with the care of genealogies, of the
        rights and privileges of noble families, and especially of
        armorial bearings. In modern times, some vestiges of this
        office remain, especially in England. See Heralds'
        College (below), and King-at-Arms.
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     3. A proclaimer; one who, or that which, publishes or
        announces; as, the herald of another's fame. --Shak.
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     4. A forerunner; a a precursor; a harbinger.
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              It was the lark, the herald of the morn. --Shak.
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     5. Any messenger. "My herald is returned." --Shak.
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     Heralds' College, in England, an ancient corporation,
        dependent upon the crown, instituted or perhaps recognized
        by Richard III. in 1483, consisting of the three
        Kings-at-Arms and the Chester, Lancaster, Richmond,
        Somerset, Windsor, and York Heralds, together with the
        Earl Marshal. This retains from the Middle Ages the charge
        of the armorial bearings of persons privileged to bear
        them, as well as of genealogies and kindred subjects; --
        called also College of Arms.
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