AskDefine | Define portent

Dictionary Definition

portent n : a sign of something about to happen; "he looked for an omen before going into battle" [syn: omen, presage, prognostic, prognostication, prodigy]

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  • (UK) /ˈpɔːtɛnt/, /"pO:tEnt/
  • (US) /ˈpɔɹtɛnt/, /"pOrtEnt/


  1. something that portends an event about to occur, especially an unfortunate or evil event; an omen.
  2. a portending; significance; as, a howl of dire portent.
  3. something regarded as portentous; a marvel; prodigy.

Related terms



  1. Form of Third-person plural present indicative, porter
  2. Form of Third-person plural present subjunctive, porter#French|porter

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