portent

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noun por·tent \ ˈpȯr-ˌtent \

Definition of portent

1 :something that foreshadows a coming event :omen, sign
2 :prophetic indication or significance

Examples of portent in a Sentence

  1. a red sky in the morning can be a portent of a coming storm

  2. a scout was sent to have a look at this teenage pitcher who was supposed to be the latest portent of the baseball world

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Origin and Etymology of portent

Latin portentum, from neuter of portentus, past participle of portendere


PORTENT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of portent for English Language Learners

  • : a sign or warning that something usually bad or unpleasant is going to happen


PORTENT Defined for Kids

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noun por·tent \ ˈpȯr-ˌtent \

Definition of portent for Students

:a sign or warning of something usually bad that is going to happen :omen


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