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bellwether

noun

1 bellwether

Someone who assumes leadership of a movement or activity.

Roget 64: precursor, antecedent, precedent, predecessor; forerunner, vancourier, avant-coureur [Fr.], pioneer, prodrome, prodromos, prodromus, outrider; leader, bellwether; ... show more

Roget 694: director, manager, governor, rector, comptroller.    superintendent, supervisor, straw boss; intendant; overseer, overlooker; supercargo, husband, inspector, ... show more



2 bellwether

Sheep that leads the herd often wearing a bell.

Dutch: belhamel, haantje de voorste, trendsetter


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 ... show more.

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