a sign of the times

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of a sign of the times

: something that shows the kinds of things that are happening, popular, important, etc., in a culture at a particular period in history
  • Having metal detectors in schools is a sign of the times.

Word by Word Definitions

sign play
  1. : a motion or gesture by which a thought is expressed or a command or wish made known

  2. : signal

  3. : a fundamental linguistic unit that designates an object or relation or has a purely syntactic function

  1. : cross

  2. : to place a sign on or mark by signs

  3. : to represent or indicate by a sign

times play
  1. : multiplied by


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