weather vane

or weath·er·vane



a device, as a rod to which a freely rotating pointer is attached, for indicating the direction of the wind.

Origin of weather vane

First recorded in 1715–25
Also called vane, wind vane. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for weather-vane

cock, vane, anemometer, weathercock, windsock

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British Dictionary definitions for weather-vane

weather vane


a vane designed to indicate the direction in which the wind is blowing
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Word Origin and History for weather-vane

also weathervane, 1721, from weather (n.) + vane.

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