Visit the forum if you have a language query!

bellwether

Definition from Dictionary, a free dictionary
Life is nothing but a competition to be the criminal rather than the victim.
Bertrand Russell
Jump to: navigation, search

English

Alternative spellings

Etymology

From bell + wether, originally a sheep with a bell around its neck, that led a flock. A ewe may fill the role, but the word wether is specific to a castrated male sheep.

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
bellwether

Plural
{{{1}}}

bellwether ({{{1}}})
  1. The leading sheep of a flock, having a bell hung round its neck.
  2. Anything that indicates future trends.
  3. A stock or bond that is widely believed to be an indicator of the overall market's condition.

Quotations

  • 1861Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., Elsie Venner, ch XXXI
    Several old ladies forthwith proclaimed their intention of following him; but, as one or two of them were deaf, and another had been threatened with an attack of that mild, but obstinate complaint, dementia senilis, many thought it was not so much the force of his arguments as a kind of tendency to jump as the bellwether jumps, well known in flocks not included in the Christian fold.

Synonyms

Translations

The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Help:How to check translations.

See also

Elsewhere on the web

En-En

En-It

En-Fr

En-El

En-Sp

En-Mul

En-De

OnelookIATEIATEIATEIATEProZDict.cc
WordnikIATELinguee
GoogleIATE