Definition of omen in English:



  • 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.’
      portent, sign, signal, token, forewarning, warning, foreshadowing, prediction, forecast, prophecy, harbinger, augury
      straw in the wind, writing on the wall, indication, hint, auspice, presage, threat, ill omen, menace
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Late 16th century: from Latin.