Definitions for bellwetherˈbɛlˌwɛð ər
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a person or thing that assumes leadership.
a person or thing that indicates a trend.
a sheep wearing a bell and leading a flock.
Category: Animal Husbandry
Origin of bellwether:
someone who assumes leadership of a movement or activity
sheep that leads the herd often wearing a bell
The leading sheep of a flock, having a bell hung round its neck.
Anything that indicates future trends.
A stock or bond that is widely believed to be an indicator of the overall market's condition.
Origin: From belwether, belleweder, equivalent to .
a wether, or sheep, which leads the flock, with a bell on his neck
hence: A leader
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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