Definition of bellwether in English:


Syllabification: bell·weth·er
Pronunciation: /ˈbelˌweT͟Hər


1The leading sheep of a flock, with a bell on its neck.
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  • So a bellwether is the head ram with a bell hung around its neck.
  • Docile as a bellwether sheep, he let himself be led away, and the rest of the castaways crowded close behind him.
  • There is truly nowhere a sheep will not follow the bellwether.
1.1An indicator or predictor of something: college campuses are often the bellwether of change [as modifier]: the market’s bellwether stock
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  • Whether recent gains can be sustained after that will depend on the ability of financial and other industrial stocks to catch up with bellwether electronics that have led the upturn.
  • In the days prior to the announcement the market had been nervous that a set of disappointing figures from the bellwether of the tech stocks could have precipitated a significant drop in share prices.
  • Some mention the study in bellwether terms, indicating that it's time for more clinical study of over-the-counter treatments in dermatology and other industries.
harbinger, herald, indicator, predictor

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