omen

noun
\ˈō-mən \

Definition of omen 

: an occurrence or phenomenon (see phenomenon sense 1) believed to portend a future event : augury The dark clouds were considered a bad omen.

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Examples of omen in a Sentence

They regarded the win as a good omen for the team. omens of things to come

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That is a bad omen for companies and countries that are especially reliant on international dollar liquidity—chiefly banks and emerging markets. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, "The Dollar Shortage Is Back," 19 Nov. 2018 One designer would never take a date with a 4 in it because that was a bad omen. Nicole Phelps, Vogue, "Ruth Finley, Keeper of New York Fashion Week’s Pink-Sheeted Calendar, Has Died," 27 Aug. 2018 Many took to Twitter to share their own omens suggesting why England will win the World Cup, and here are some of the best. SI.com, "It's Coming Home! Fans Take to Twitter to Share Their England World Cup Omens," 21 June 2018 The trailer has everything your abuela loves to talk about, including a priest offering grave omens, and a woman wailing in aggrieved Spanglish. Ella Cerón, Teen Vogue, ""The Curse of Lla Llorona" Trailer Is 2 Minutes and 15 Seconds of Mexican Folklore Terror," 18 Oct. 2018 This is almost an omen that Noah is bound to be the next Zac! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "Did You Spot the “High School Musical” Easter Egg In “Sierra Burgess is a Loser”?," 7 Sep. 2018 However, despite the facts and the omens, Bayern were much the better side during the home leg and will take a lot of confidence from that game. SI.com, "Real Madrid vs Bayern Munich Preview: Previous Encounter, Team News, Prediction & More," 1 May 2018 In some sense, that Thomas racked up 22 points and six assists in his Lakers debut—a loss to the Mavericks in which defense was more concept than reality—looks like a bad omen. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "Isaiah Thomas Must Face Harsh Reality During His Time in L.A.," 20 Feb. 2018 Pre-match: Maybe the first omen of a good night for the hosts was this picture of Roma heading in to town, evoking memories of Liverpool's own Spice Boys with their attire. SI.com, "Twitter Bows Down As Mohamed Salah Produces One of the Great Champions League Performances vs Roma," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of omen

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for omen

Latin omin-, omen

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omen

noun

English Language Learners Definition of omen

: something that is believed to be a sign or warning of something that will happen in the future

omen

noun
\ˈō-mən \

Kids Definition of omen

: a happening believed to be a sign or warning of a future event

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