: an occurrence or phenomenon believed to portend a future event : augury
Examples of OMEN
- They regarded the win as a good omen for the team.
- omens of things to come
Origin of OMEN
Latin omin-, omen
First Known Use: 1582
omen noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Observed phenomenon that is interpreted as signifying good or bad fortune. The many and varied omens that the ancients noted included lightning, cloud movements, the flights of birds, and the paths of sacred animals. Each type of omen was gauged according to specific meaningful characteristics, such as the kinds of bird in flight or the direction of flight in relation to the observer.
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