Definitions for bellwetherˈbɛlˌwɛð ər

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  1. bellwether(noun)

    someone who assumes leadership of a movement or activity

  2. bellwether(noun)

    sheep that leads the herd often wearing a bell

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  1. bellwether(Noun)

    The leading sheep of a flock, having a bell hung round its neck.

  2. bellwether(Noun)

    Anything that indicates future trends.

  3. bellwether(Noun)

    A stock or bond that is widely believed to be an indicator of the overall market's condition.

  4. Origin: From belwether, belleweder, equivalent to .

Webster DictionaryRate this definition:(0.00 / 0 votes)

  1. Bellwether(noun)

    a wether, or sheep, which leads the flock, with a bell on his neck

  2. Bellwether(noun)

    hence: A leader

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  1. Bellwether

    A bellwether is any entity in a given arena that serves to create or influence trends or to presage future happenings. The term is derived from the Middle English bellewether and refers to the practice of placing a bell around the neck of a castrated ram leading his flock of sheep. The movements of the flock could be noted by hearing the bell before the flock was in sight.


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  • الريادةArabic
  • Leithammel, führender WertGerman
  • manso, barómetroSpanish
  • kellokas, ennusmerkkiFinnish
  • meneur du troupeau, mouton meneur du troupeau, BellwetherFrench
  • しるし, 兆し, [[鈴]][[つき]][[羊]], 指標, 兆候, 前触れJapanese
  • haantje de voorste, trendsetter, belhamelDutch
  • ledargestalt, rättesnöre, skällgumseSwedish

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