portent

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noun por·tent \ˈpȯr-ˌtent\

Definition of portent

  1. 1 :  something that foreshadows a coming event :  omen, sign

  2. 2 :  prophetic indication or significance

  3. 3 :  marvel, prodigy

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>

Origin and Etymology of portent

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


First Known Use: circa 1587


PORTENT Defined for English Language Learners

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noun por·tent \ˈpȯr-ˌtent\

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

portent

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noun por·tent \ˈpȯr-ˌtent\

Definition of portent for Students

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



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