Definition of omen in English:

omen

noun

  • 1An event regarded as a portent of good or evil.

    ‘the ghost's appearance was an ill omen’
    ‘a rise in imports might be an omen of recovery’
    • ‘These religious offences were taken as ill omens for the expedition and threats to the democracy.’
    • ‘The midwife had muttered of portents and omens, but the full confirmation came some hours later.’
    • ‘These events are often called signs, omens, etc., by those who pay attention to them.’
    • ‘Another good omen: New factory orders are coming in faster than shipments are going out.’
    • ‘Then the heavens ripped asunder and showered evil and ill omens upon the face of this beckoning planet.’
    • ‘On 14 June, a meteor was seen to fall into the Turkish camp, a very good omen.’
    • ‘But for all the omens and portents, the magic in Shalimar is firmly at the service of the realism.’
    • ‘Or is placing a feathered creature upon the shoulders considered an even bleaker omen than shooting one?’
    • ‘The operation of the state's hospital system has been impaired, and there are ill omens for the future improvement of patient safety.’
    • ‘By now the portents and ill omens that had dogged the start of their journey were receding quickly into memory.’
    • ‘Growing demand and plenty of new house building are healthy omens.’
    • ‘Tracey must have not been home, which was an absolute good omen to Delilah.’
    portent, warning, forewarning, augury, presage
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    1. 1.1[mass noun]Prophetic significance.
      ‘the raven seemed a bird of evil omen’
      • ‘But one auspicious omen appears in the graphic sidebar accompanying the article.’
      • ‘In our happy innocence, we all theorized what this good omen might have signified.’
      • ‘If you're looking for omens, then the omens are good, but you've also got to say that Ipswich are a strong side.’
      • ‘If today was any kind of omen about the wedding or the subsequent years after the wedding, I am frightened.’
      • ‘Under the violent rain whose splashes make them almost invisible, the ornamental fish of auspicious omen turn slowly in their pools.’
      • ‘The omens, however, from within Whitehall are not encouraging.’
      • ‘The egg has, during the span of history, represented mystery, magic, medicine, food and omen.’
      • ‘Despite such concerns, they believe the omens for peace with India are good.’
      • ‘Nor does he believe in the evil eye, bad omen, and that kind of stuff.’
      • ‘I remember in my childhood days when people believed in a multitude of signs or omens.’
      • ‘These and other strange omens are proffered as signs that the hour is nigh.’
      • ‘Clear skies and a bridge across bright water seem like good omens.’
      • ‘Bangalore's roads were a distinct bad omen for its new government.’
      • ‘The glorious sunshine was the first good omen; the best Sunday this summer.’
      • ‘Hopefully, Martin isn't overly inclined to look to the sky for omens.’
      • ‘Well in fact when you do someone's horoscope, you must find some dark sign, some bad omens as it were.’
      • ‘It was no omen, no gigantic prophecy that comes but once an age, but there was power that night.’
      • ‘It seemed a suitably surreal omen for the journey.’
      • ‘But Krishnaa did not need evil omens to tell her what was going to happen.’
      • ‘He wondered if maybe she had been some kind of omen, a harbinger of the chaos that was enveloping the entire SpaceHold.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from Latin.

Pronunciation:

omen

/ˈəʊmən/