\ 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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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 That could be a very big omen, a sign of a potentially more advanced, more meaningful life going on somewhere outside of the simple tribal warfare in the post-apocalypse that the AMC zombie series has had us witness. Steve Johnson,, "5 thoughts recapping Season 8, Episode 14 of 'The Walking Dead'," 2 Apr. 2018 This could prove to be a lucky omen for Brazil, who need a win to secure their qualification to the next round due to the tight nature of the Group E table., "World Cup Preview: Serbia vs Brazil - Recent Form, Predictions, Team News & More," 26 June 2018 That is a promising omen for ESG funds, also known as sustainable, impact, or socially responsible funds. Dan Weil, WSJ, "Do-Good Funds Finally Are Paying Off in Performance. Will It Last?," 6 May 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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occurring twice a year or every two years

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