\ 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.

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 The wide-leg baby-blue pants feel like both a relic from early-’90s L.A. and an omen from the L.A. of the future. Los Angeles Times, 27 July 2022 Five of Cups: grief, sorrow, loss, sadness, emotional pain, a good omen that love is awaiting you in the future (as two cups are still left standing). Meghan Rose, Glamour, 19 July 2022 The benchmark 10-year Treasury yield and the 2-year yield inverted on Tuesday, which investors consider another bad omen for economic health. Nicole Goodkind, CNN, 5 July 2022 Sarkisian had to explain why last year’s 5-7 record, which included the team’s worst losing streak in 66 years, was an aberration and not a bad omen. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 23 June 2022 For many industries, spiraling inflation and lines of angry customers are usually an ill omen for the bottom line. Jon Sindreu, WSJ, 14 June 2022 Another anecdote, while undated, may have served as an omen for the 1980s oil bust. Emma Balter, Chron, 8 July 2022 In hindsight, this could have been taken as an omen. Wired, 5 July 2022 Some people took the deluge as an omen of Communist control, others as a purifying ritual to cleanse Hong Kong of Western imperialism. New York Times, 30 June 2022 See More

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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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29 Jul 2022

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“Omen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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

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