Definition of bellwether in English:

bellwether

noun

  • 1The leading sheep of a flock, with a bell on its neck.

    • ‘There is truly nowhere a sheep will not follow the bellwether.’
    • ‘Docile as a bellwether sheep, he let himself be led away, and the rest of the castaways crowded close behind him.’
    • ‘So a bellwether is the head ram with a bell hung around its neck.’
    1. 1.1An indicator or predictor of something.
      ‘college campuses are often the bellwether of change’
      [as modifier] ‘the market's bellwether stock’
      • ‘This is the most demographically chaotic state in the country and, not coincidentally, that's why it's the new bellwether state of this country.’
      • ‘As the world's largest chipmaker, the company is clearly the bellwether for the PC market.’
      • ‘ICI used to be a bellwether of the British manufacturing sector.’
      • ‘It is a bellwether film in that it illustrates American race and gender inequity more directly and honestly than most Westerns of its time.’
      • ‘It is considered a bellwether seat and one the ALP needs to secure if they are to win Government.’
      • ‘In the days prior to the announcement the market had been nervous that a set of disappointing figures from the bellwether of the tech stocks could have precipitated a significant drop in share prices.’
      • ‘If voters pass it, California - a bellwether state for criminal justice trends - will have among the country's most sweeping DNA sampling policies.’
      • ‘On the way to my rural hideout on the fringes of Kansas City came upon three articles - all in the New York Times - that are bellwethers of the emerging power of integrated, interdisciplinary design.’
      • ‘And since changes in the Arctic are considered bellwethers of what is to come further south, the researchers consider this their most urgent environmental wake-up call to date.’
      • ‘Florida's the new bellwether state of this country, and so it's more imperative that the problems get fixed here.’
      • ‘She noticed there were fewer dealers bidding this season for stock, which is not a good bellwether.’
      • ‘Some mention the study in bellwether terms, indicating that it's time for more clinical study of over-the-counter treatments in dermatology and other industries.’
      • ‘Tech stocks also suffered, despite some positive news concerning two bellwethers.’
      • ‘Government has grown well beyond that point in the United States, making great strides in centralizing and growing political power in the bellwether years of 1861, 1913, 1933, and 1965.’
      • ‘Nationally, Wisconsin is considered a bellwether state because ban opponents here will have considerable lead time to mount an aggressive campaign to stop the amendment.’
      • ‘Whether recent gains can be sustained after that will depend on the ability of financial and other industrial stocks to catch up with bellwether electronics that have led the upturn.’
      • ‘In all fairness, there have been a few bellwether albums to emerge from the scene that will no doubt achieve longevity and reiterate the importance of their predecessors.’
      • ‘This cross section of urban and rural makes Ohio a bellwether state which picks the winner in almost every election.’
      • ‘These are the bellwethers of the chemical industry.’
      • ‘But a very few will become the bellwethers - and redefine the world.’

Pronunciation:

bellwether

/ˈbelˌweT͟Hər/