Definitions for portentˈpɔr tɛnt, ˈpoʊr-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

por•tent*ˈpɔr tɛnt, ˈpoʊr-(n.)

  1. an indication or omen of something about to happen, esp. something momentous.

  2. threatening or disquieting significance:

    an occurrence of dire portent.

  3. a prodigy or marvel.

* Syn: See sign.

Origin of portent:

1555–65; < L portentum

Princeton's WordNet

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

    a sign of something about to happen

    "he looked for an omen before going into battle"


  1. portent(Noun)

    Something that portends an event about to occur, especially an unfortunate or evil event; an omen.

  2. portent(Noun)

    A portending; significance; as, a howl of dire portent.

  3. portent(Noun)

    Something regarded as portentous; a marvel; prodigy.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Portent(noun)

    that which portends, or foretoken; esp., that which portends evil; a sign of coming calamity; an omen; a sign

Translations for portent

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


something usually strange and remarkable that warns of some future happening

strange signs and portents.

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