\ ˈō-mən How to pronounce omen (audio) \

Essential Meaning of omen

: something that is believed to be a sign or warning of something that will happen in the future a bad omen They regarded the win as a good omen for the team. omens of things to come

Full 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
Recent Examples on the Web However, some people find the comparison to Rudolph to be either overblown or an omen of ultimate failure. Peter Aitken, Fox News, 24 Sep. 2021 The Brazilian rules could be an omen for the future of the Internet, Rasmus Kleis Nielsen, the director of the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at Oxford University, said in an interview. Billy Perrigo, Time, 10 Sep. 2021 But Krajewski leading the team in rushing is not necessarily a good omen for the Huskies’ offense. Shawn Mcfarland,, 12 Sep. 2021 Understanding what each of the 22 Major Arcana cards means is important to navigating readings, such as knowing why the Wheel of Fortune card is a good omen or the Devil isn't so scary after all. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, 5 Sep. 2021 The decline of rural populations and the growing might of cities could mean that some seats must be sketched to include more Democratic voters in a way that may be an omen for political developments in years to come. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 13 Aug. 2021 Satprem, a kind of French Svengali, insists that her fall is an omen of Auroville’s failure to abide by the Mother’s teachings., 16 July 2021 And so his assassination just felt like a bad omen. CBS News, 8 Sep. 2021 While Monday's high of 78 may feel like an omen of early autumn to some Michiganders, temperatures are expected to rise as the week progresses. Kyle Davidson, Detroit Free Press, 2 Aug. 2021

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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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21 Oct 2021

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“Omen.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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