Definition of bellwether in English:
1The leading sheep of a flock, with a bell on its neck.
- 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.
1.1Something that leads or indicates a trend: Basildon is now the bellwether of Britain’s voting behaviour
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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.
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