What does bellwether mean?

Definitions for bellwetherˈbɛlˌwɛð ər

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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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bellwether in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bellwether in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Laurie McCann:

    The economy is the bellwether of how much age discrimination we see.

  2. Rick Hasen:

    These are kind of bellwether cases that people are watching, if Texas and North Carolina are successful here, then I suspect other states will follow suit.

  3. Andre Bakhos:

    Oil is serving as a bellwether for the global economy and could be a sign of things to come, today's trading action will be tied to oil and could be erratic and choppy.

  4. Pascal Menges:

    Within oilfield services it's best to hold the bellwether stocks as they will be taking market share, they're able to buy attractive assets at a discounted price and come out of the cycle in a much stronger position.

  5. Robert Scheuer:

    I, quite frankly, don't know enough about the cases that were in the pool of candidates, it may very well be that given the many variables involved, this case was a perfectly rational choice to be the first bellwether selection.

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Translations for bellwether

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • الريادةArabic
  • Leithammel, führender WertGerman
  • manso, barómetroSpanish
  • kellokas, ennusmerkkiFinnish
  • meneur du troupeau, mouton meneur du troupeau, BellwetherFrench
  • भेड़ाओं का राहनुमाHindi
  • 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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