\ 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

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The development could be a bad omen for large share sales to come in Hong Kong, such as Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. ’s potential listing in the city later this year. Jennifer Maloney, WSJ, "Anheuser-Busch InBev Calls Off IPO of Asia Unit," 12 July 2019 But, in an omen of what would happen to the entire world, later versions of the iPod had the screen overtake the dial, and the circular scroll became the downward or upward swipe. Nikil Saval, The New Yorker, "For Better and Worse, We Live in Jony Ive’s World," 2 July 2019 The best omen for the Giants was Samardzija walking Tatis to start the first inning and preventing him from scoring despite a steal of second. Henry Schulman,, "Giants go on extra-base-hit tear, smash Padres — Austin Slater homers in ’19 debut," 1 July 2019 For many scientists, analysts, and native people, the rapid and severe transformations unfolding in the Arctic, including ice loss and melting permafrost, are considered negative consequences of climate change, omens of worse to come. Neil Shea, National Geographic, "Scenes from the new Cold War unfolding at the top of the world," 8 May 2019 Jamie Lisanti: Roger Federer won at Halle for the 10th time in his career, which has previously served as a solid starting point and a good omen for his performance at the All England Club. The Si Staff,, "2019 Wimbledon Preview Roundtable: SI Experts Make Predictions," 28 June 2019 Refinery 29 points out that the branches on this piece of armor are a good omen: The North is strong and resilient but, above all, peaceful. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All the Hidden Meanings in Sansa's Game of Thrones Finale Dress," 20 May 2019 Speaking to The Wall Street Journal after the kerfuffle, Mr. Spavor was unshaken, viewing the hockey game, the first inter-Korean sports match on Korean soil in nearly three years, as a hopeful omen for diplomacy. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "Cocktails With Kim: Canadian Detained in China Met North Korean Dictator," 13 Dec. 2018 Image As infants, Chang and Eng were regarded not just as abnormal but as evil omens. Candice Millard, New York Times, "Who Were the Original Siamese Twins?," 1 June 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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