\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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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., "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,, "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., "Twitter Bows Down As Mohamed Salah Produces One of the Great Champions League Performances vs Roma," 24 Apr. 2018 But to Italian leaders, liberals and anti-fascist groups, Mr. Traini was a terrifying omen. Jason Horowitz, New York Times, "This Italian Town Once Welcomed Migrants. Now, It’s a Symbol for Right-Wing Politics," 7 July 2018 But to Italian leaders, liberals and antifascist groups, Traini was a terrifying omen. Jason Horowitz,, "Migrants were welcome in Macerata, before a murder," 7 July 2018 The raven, a bird that does not necessarily find universal favor, has achieved notoriety as an evil omen in Europe. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 This is seen as a good omen in South Korea, where fortune-tellers and pregnant symbolism are held in high regard. The Economist, "Talks between America and North Korea might succeed—at a terrible price," 7 June 2018 Crows, not just in the Chinese culture but in all Asian cultures, represents death, omen, evil, dark. Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle, "'Drag Race' queen Yuhua Hamasaki talks cultural differences and being a team player," 6 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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English Language Learners Definition of omen

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


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Kids Definition of omen

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

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something that serves to warn or remind

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