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BELLWETHER

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bellwether mean? 

BELLWETHER (noun)
  The noun BELLWETHER has 2 senses:

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

  Familiarity information: BELLWETHER used as a noun is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BELLWETHER (noun)


Sense 1bellwether [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Someone who assumes leadership of a movement or activity

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("bellwether" is a kind of...):

leader (a person who rules or guides or inspires others)


Sense 2bellwether [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sheep that leads the herd often wearing a bell

Classified under:

Nouns denoting animals

Hypernyms ("bellwether" is a kind of...):

wether (male sheep especially a castrated one)


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