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bellwether definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: someone who assumes leadership of a movement or activity
2: sheep that leads the herd often wearing a bell

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English, leading sheep of a flock, leader, from belle bell + wether; from the practice of belling the leader of a flock Date: 13th century one that takes the lead or initiative ; leader; also an indicator of trends

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bellwether Bell"weth`er, n. 1. A wether, or sheep, which leads the flock, with a bell on his neck. 2. Hence: A leader. [Contemptuous] --Swift.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(bellwethers) If you describe something as a bellwether, you mean that it is an indication of the way a situation is changing. (mainly AM JOURNALISM) For decades the company was the bellwether of the British economy... IBM is considered the bellwether stock on Wall Street. N-COUNT: usu sing, oft N n

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

The chief or leader of a mob; an idea taken from a flock of sheep, where the wether has a bell about his neck.

Moby Thesaurus

Mahdi, ancestor, announcer, antecedent, avant-garde, bell cow, bell mare, born leader, buccinator, bushwhacker, charismatic leader, choirmaster, choragus, conductor, coryphaeus, doyen, duce, ewe, ewe lamb, explorer, file leader, forebear, foregoer, forerunner, front runner, frontiersman, fugleman, groundbreaker, guide, harbinger, herald, innovator, inspired leader, jumbuck, lamb, lambkin, lead, lead runner, leader, leader of men, messenger, messiah, mutton, pacemaker, pacesetter, pathfinder, pilot, pioneer, point, precedent, precentor, precursor, predecessor, ram, ringleader, scout, sheep, standard-bearer, stormy petrel, symphonic conductor, teg, torchbearer, trailblazer, trailbreaker, tup, vanguard, vaunt-courier, voortrekker, wether, yeanling


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