Word of the Day: bellwether

bell·weth·er noun \ˈbel-ˈwe-thər, –ˌwe-\

: someone or something that leads others or shows what will happen in the future

Full Definition of BELLWETHER

: one that takes the lead or initiative : leader; also: an indicator of trends
Examples of BELLWETHER
  1. She is a bellwether of fashion.
  2. High-tech bellwethers led the decline in the stock market.
  3. a county that is a bellwether in national elections

Origin of BELLWETHER

Middle English, leading sheep of a flock, leader, from belle bell + wether; from the practice of belling the leader of a flock

First Known Use: 13th century
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