bellwether definition

  • noun:
    • the one that serves as a leader or as a leading signal of future trends: "their education that the report is censored is a political bellwether” ( Justine De Lacy).
    • The leading sheep of a flock, having a bell hung round its neck.
    • something that indicates future styles.
    • A stock or bond that is commonly believed to be an indication regarding the general market's condition.
    • A wether, or sheep, leading the flock, with a bell on their throat.
    • Therefore: A leader.
    • A wether or sheep that leads the group, typically carrying a bell on its neck.
    • sheep leading the herd often putting on a bell
    • somebody who assumes leadership of a movement or task

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