\ 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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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 Not a good omen heading into a tricky encounter away at Brighton., "Premier League Fantasy Football: Who's Hot and Who's Not in Gameweek 29," 2 Mar. 2018 Some see the imagery made by White and his peers as a bad omen, another sign that artificial intelligence is not only getting smarter but beginning to think creatively and take on roles reserved for humans. James Vincent, The Verge, "What algorithmic art can teach us about artificial intelligence," 6 Nov. 2018 The omens are propitious for a major advance in trade relations. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Trump’s Trade Tactic Might Work," 6 Apr. 2018 The omens are good, and Democrats have reason to hope that 2016 was just an aberration. Dylan Scott, Vox, "Democrats suddenly look strong again in the Midwest," 25 Oct. 2018 In another not-great omen in the opioid overdose epidemic, there’s no sign that fentanyl’s grip is loosening. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "Is the World Done With Liberal Democracy?," 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


\ 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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