Meaning of “bellwether” in the English Dictionary

"bellwether" in American English

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bellwethernoun [ C ]

us /ˈbelˌweð·ər/

something that shows what the general future of changes or developments will probably be:

In Massachusetts, a bellwether state for the region, more people are buying and building houses.

(Definition of “bellwether” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bellwether" in Business English

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bellwethernoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbelˌweðər/ us /-ðɚ/

someone or something that is believed to show how a situation will develop or change in the future:

bellwether for/of sth The report is viewed as a bellwether for national economic trends.

FINANCE a share whose performance is believed to show the future performance of the financial markets:

Investors will be eagerly awaiting the guidance from bellwether stocks.

ECONOMICS a company whose success or failure is believed to show the future direction of a particular industry or the economy:

The firm is seen as a bellwether, important for cyclicals and the whole market.

FINANCE →  bellwether bond

(Definition of “bellwether” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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