Definitions for bellwetherˈbɛlˌwɛð ər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bell•weth•erˈbɛlˌwɛð ər(n.)

  1. a person or thing that assumes leadership.

  2. a person or thing that indicates a trend.

  3. a sheep wearing a bell and leading a flock.

    Category: Animal Husbandry

Origin of bellwether:

1400–50

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bellwether(noun)

    someone who assumes leadership of a movement or activity

  2. bellwether(noun)

    sheep that leads the herd often wearing a bell

Wiktionary

  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 Dictionary

  1. Bellwether(noun)

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

  2. Bellwether(noun)

    hence: A leader

Freebase

  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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