[ oh-muhn ]
/ ˈoʊ mən /


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.

verb (used with object)

to be an omen of; portend.
to divine, as if from omens.

Origin of omen

First recorded in 1575–85, omen is from the Latin word ōmen

Related forms

un·o·mened, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for omen


/ (ˈəʊmən) /


a phenomenon or occurrence regarded as a sign of future happiness or disaster
prophetic significance


(tr) to portend

Word Origin for omen

C16: from Latin
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