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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English foretokne, fortacne, from Old English foretācn, foretācen (foretoken, presage, prognostic, prodigy, sign, wonder), equivalent to fore- +‎ token. Cognate with Dutch voorteken, German Vorzeichen.


foretoken (plural foretokens)

  1. A prognostic; a premonitory sign; warning or presentment.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English *foretoknen, fortaknen, from Old English foretācnian (to foreshow).


foretoken (third-person singular simple present foretokens, present participle foretokening, simple past and past participle foretokened)

  1. To betoken beforehand; prognosticate; foreshadow; give warning; presage.
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