Definition of foretoken in US English:

foretoken

verb

[with object]
Pronunciation /ˈfɔrˌtoʊkən//ˈfôrˌtōkən/
literary
  • Be a sign of (something to come)

    ‘a shiver in the night air foretokening December’
    • ‘He spent much of his time swimming in nihilistic little circles and had a lethargy that some saw as foretokening an early death.’
    • ‘He is said to have eaten a toad as a child, an act foretokening a martial destiny.’
    • ‘The Next Big Things on the Internet aren't usually foretokened by business models or white papers, said Popkin.’
    • ‘Actually this foretokened that the formal independence of the republic would also be nullified.’
    • ‘So it is foretokened that a soaring development in their population may be witnessed on cotton crop across the cotton growing areas during next week.’
    gesture, sign, wave, gesticulation, cue, prompt, indicator, indication, communication, message
    signal, be a sign of, be a warning of, be an omen of, be a harbinger of, foretell, herald, announce, point to, add up to, spell, promise, indicate the coming of, be evidence of, be symptomatic of
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noun

Pronunciation /ˌfôrˈtōkən//ˌfɔrˈtoʊkən/
literary
  • A sign of something to come.

    ‘a foretoken of problems that lay ahead’

Origin

Old English foretācn (noun: see fore-, token).

Pronunciation

foretoken

Verb/ˈfɔrˌtoʊkən/

foretoken

Noun/ˌfɔrˈtoʊkən/