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ˈbɛlˌwɛð ərbell·wether

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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.

    Etymology: From belwether, belleweder, equivalent to .

  2. bellwether(Noun)

    Anything that indicates future trends.

    Etymology: From belwether, belleweder, equivalent to .

  3. bellwether(Noun)

    A stock or bond that is widely believed to be an indicator of the overall market's condition.

    Etymology: 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

Examples of bellwether in a Sentence

  1. Bill Burton:

    I actually think California is a bellwether for the whole country, you have a mix of suburban, ex-urban, rural areas where you have competitive races. I don't think it's that dissimilar from what you're seeing in place like Pennsylvania, or Minnesota, or Colorado.

  2. Trip Miller:

    Due to the diversity of its businesses, Berkshire is a wonderful bellwether for what is going on in the economy, hopefully, cash will serve him and his partners well when the market suffers a pullback.

  3. Justin Fabo:

    China has huge potential to roil markets as the nation navigates a difficult structural transition, asian trade, traditionally a bellwether for global growth, is in recession.

  4. President Trump:

    No, I dont see it as a bellwether.

  5. Laurie McCann:

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

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