- anything perceived or happening that is believed to portend a good or evil event or circumstance in the future; portent.
- a prognostic.
- prophetic significance; presage: a bird of ill omen.
- to be an omen of; portend.
- to divine, as if from omens.
Origin of omen
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Examples from the Web for omen
At times, it seemed Leonard was awaiting a portent or an omen.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters
August 2, 2014
The Japan Times on March 6, 2010, reported that in folklore the fish comes to the beach as an omen of an earthquake.Fishy Mystery: Are Beached Oarfish Trying to Tell Us Something?
October 23, 2013
The color has also been used to forebode an omen or a threat.On St. Patrick’s Day, Beware Those Sly Green Eyes
March 17, 2013
Some view is as an omen of dread, of blood, of war, or of victory.‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2 for Dummies
March 28, 2012
They may even have a good argument, but their very existence is about as ill an omen as it gets.Five Signs the Dems are Doomed
October 24, 2010
He took it as an omen that the wilderness was deserted, and his confidence was strong.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The dead quiet of the house also oppressed him—like a voice—an omen.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
For I will tell you what has happened to me; and I regard the coincidence as a sort of omen.Laws
If they come up odd the omen is favourable, and if even it is bad.
It may serve as an example of the branch of the omen literature to which it belongs.The Religion of Babylonia and Assyria
- a phenomenon or occurrence regarded as a sign of future happiness or disaster
- prophetic significance
- (tr) to portend
Word Origin and History for omen
1580s, from Latin omen "foreboding," from Old Latin osmen, of unknown origin; perhaps connected with the root of audire "to hear" [OED] or from PIE *o- "to believe, hold as true" (cf. Greek oiomai "I suppose, think, believe").