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bellwether

bell·weth·er

bellwether

pronunciation:
bel we thr
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a male sheep, with a bell hung about its neck, that leads the flock.
similar words:
ram
definition 2: a person or entity that leads.
New York City is the bellwether in theatrical innovation.
synonyms:
leader, pacemaker, pilot
similar words:
conductor, guide, lead, pacesetter