Examples from the Web for bellwether
Brad Plumer notes that Walmart sales are often a bellwether for the rest of the economy.Walmart Customers Have Disappeared. Will They Take the Economy With Them?|Megan McArdle|February 19, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So Ohio is more than just a bellwether; it could decide the election.Virginia, Ohio, Florida: What to Watch For on Election Night 2012|Howard Kurtz|November 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One state both candidates are sure to spend time in is Ohio, which has already emerged once again as a bellwether in the race.Despite Obama’s Policies, The Rust Belt’s Revival Could Save His Campaign|Joel Kotkin|June 25, 2012|DAILY BEAST
One safe prediction, though: whichever side wins will waste no time assuring the nation that their victory is a bellwether.
Of the Bellwether Prize, Durrow says simply: “It changed my whole life.”
One bellwether will carry a whole flock after it, but I fear not that any will want to hold back.By Right of Conquest|G. A. Henty
And the whole nine of us obligingly trudged after him like sheep after the bellwether, and reëntered the castle.The Adventures of the Eleven Cuff-Buttons|James Francis Thierry
Without some governing body to direct the affairs of the country they would have been like a flock without its bellwether.Bonaparte in Egypt and the Egyptians of To-day|Haji A. Browne
But take a sheep flock now—the bellwether is jest a nice gentle old castrate thet'll do jest whut the sheepherder wants.Assassin|Jesse Franklin Bone
And what is the use of arguing with sheep who are leaping after the bellwether?The Champagne Standard|Mrs. John Lane
British Dictionary definitions for bellwether
Word Origin and History for bellwether
mid-14c. (late 13c. in Anglo-Latin; late 12c. as a surname), from bell (n.) + wether; the lead sheep (on whose neck a bell was hung) of a domesticated flock. Figurative sense of "chief, leader" is from mid-14c.