\ ˈō-mən How to pronounce omen (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web For those inclined to superstition, the error might seem like an omen—a foretelling of bigger mix-ups to come. Longreads, "Switch at Birth — But How?," 9 Apr. 2021 The Diamondbacks went on to win the World Series in 2001, so Johnson's feat in spring training was evidently a good omen. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Diamondbacks' Randy Johnson killed a bird with a pitch 20 years ago today," 24 Mar. 2021 But despite being ranked inside the top 20 nationally in offensive efficiency, Toledo’s first possession after the break was an omen -- one of 12 turnovers. cleveland, "Ohio starts fast, never falters in upsetting top-seeded Toledo 87-80 in MAC men’s semifinal," 13 Mar. 2021 But if history is any guide, the Ides of March may not be such a bad omen after all. Christine Romans, CNN, "History shows why it doesn't pay to bet against US stocks," 12 Mar. 2021 The fact that the Bunny is betting heavily on malls is a good omen for those counting on a post-pandemic rebound in mall traffic. Joan Verdon, Forbes, "Psycho Bunny Hops Into Two New Malls, With More Stores On The Way," 4 Apr. 2021 The poor ratings performance of recent live events is surely an unwelcome omen for the network, as the Oscars are typically the highest-rated of the major award shows. Washington Post, "The Grammys are the latest award show to see a drastic drop in TV ratings," 17 Mar. 2021 On Oscar night, one or two crucial wins could pave a path to best picture: Mulligan has a strong shot at taking the best-actress Oscar, but an even better omen would be a win for Fennell in the original-screenplay category. New York Times, "How Wide Open Is the Best-Picture Oscar Race?," 17 Mar. 2021 The wrangling over the Covid-19 relief bill could be an omen as Mr. Biden prepares to turn to other significant items on his first-year agenda. Kristina Peterson, WSJ, "Covid-19 Aid Bill Heads Back to House After Tense Senate Vote," 7 Mar. 2021

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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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6 May 2021

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“Omen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of omen

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


\ ˈō-mən How to pronounce omen (audio) \

Kids Definition of omen

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

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