crystal ball

noun

Definition of crystal ball 

1 : a sphere especially of quartz crystal traditionally used by fortune-tellers

2 : a means or method of predicting future events

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The supermodel is reluctant to look too deeply into the crystal ball of her future. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Karlie Kloss Gets Candid About Politics, Her Relationship, and Women in Tech," 11 Sep. 2018 And around the same time, my father was in New Orleans and got me the crystal ball on the shelf below. Mary Billard, New York Times, "Alexa Ray Joel, Downtown Girl, Is Surrounded by Memories," 6 Feb. 2018 The icon stars as a mysterious fortune teller reading the palms and crystal balls of young models in the new campaign. Lauren Alexis Fisher, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tippi Hedren Lands A Gucci Campaign At 88 Years Old," 15 May 2018 No need for a crystal ball — these gifts are already embedded deep within your spirit. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "How to Tap Into Your Own Psychic Abilities," 2 July 2018 For more predictions, check out our expert bracket picks and our crystal ball roundtable answering some pressing questions entering the competition. Si.com Staff, SI.com, "World Cup Group Previews: A Deep Look at Each Quartet at Russia 2018," 8 June 2018 The questions clearly have significant management ramifications, and Milián-García is working with his genetic crystal ball to try to resolve some of the unknowns. Shanna Baker, Smithsonian, "The Quest to Preserve the Last of Castro’s Crocodiles," 21 June 2018 Its tête-à-tête style interviews between A-list celebrities, its boundary pushing photoshoots (hello, Kim Kardashian as Jackie O), and high-fashion market pages sustained itself as the crystal ball of pop culture. refinery29.com, "The Inevitable Heartbreak Of Interview Magazine," 22 May 2018 Udders are like crystal balls for dairy farmers, a way to glean the future and know, with near certainty, just how much milk each cow might produce for years to come. Jason Nark, Philly.com, "As milk prices keep falling, more Pa. dairy farmers are calling it quits," 17 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of crystal ball

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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crystal ball

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crystal ball

: a clear glass ball in which some people say they can see the future by using magic

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