crystal ball


: a sphere especially of quartz crystal traditionally used by fortune tellers
: a means or method of predicting future events

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web No framing is a crystal ball. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 12 Dec. 2022 While no one has a crystal ball, predictions can be made based on evidence and trends. IEEE Spectrum, 1 Dec. 2022 Kids love interactive toys, like this colorful plush toy and crystal ball. Chicago Tribune, 23 Nov. 2022 Though none of us have a crystal ball, here’s my take on the top five future of food trends going on right now. Jennifer Stojkovic, Rolling Stone, 10 Apr. 2023 No one has a crystal ball. Amy Wagner And Steve Sprovach, The Enquirer, 16 Mar. 2023 Another featured a crystal ball, a sack of money and an hourglass and one even showed the Statue of Liberty. David Waldstein, New York Times, 1 Feb. 2023 That said, no one has a crystal ball. - Powering A Personal Wealth Movement, Forbes, 6 Jan. 2023 With election day just over five weeks away, Times columnist Mark Z. Barabak peers into our crystal ball — which is foggier than a summer morning in San Francisco — and answers questions. Los Angeles Times, 3 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of crystal ball was in 1834

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Cite this Entry

“Crystal ball.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

crystal ball

: a clear ball especially of quartz crystal used by a fortune-teller to predict the future
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