Definitions for omenˈoʊ mən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•men*ˈoʊ mən(n.)

  1. any event believed to portend something good or evil; augury; portent.

  2. prophetic significance; presage.

  3. (v.t.)to be an omen of; portend.

  4. to divine, as if from omens.

* Syn: See sign.

Origin of omen:

1575–85; < L

Princeton's WordNet

  1. omen, portent, presage, prognostic, prognostication, prodigy(verb)

    a sign of something about to happen

    "he looked for an omen before going into battle"

  2. bode, portend, auspicate, prognosticate, omen, presage, betoken, foreshadow, augur, foretell, prefigure, forecast, predict(verb)

    indicate by signs

    "These signs bode bad news"


  1. omen(Noun)

    Something which portends or is perceived to portend a good or evil event or circumstance in the future; an augury or foreboding.

  2. omen(Noun)

    prophetic significance

    a sign of ill omen

  3. omen(Verb)

    To be an omen of.

  4. omen(Verb)

    To divine or predict from omens.

  5. Origin: From omen.


  1. Omen

    An omen is a phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future, often signifying the advent of change. Though the word "omen" is usually devoid of reference to the change's nature, hence being possibly either "good" or "bad," the term is more often used in a foreboding sense, as with the word "ominous". The origin of the word is unknown, although it may be connected with the Latin word audire, meaning "to hear."

Anagrams of omen

  1. nome, Nome

  2. Nome

Translations for omen

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a sign of a future event

Long ago, storms were regarded as bad omens.

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