from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Protection or support; patronage.
- n. A sign indicative of future prospects; an omen: Auspices for the venture seemed favorable.
- n. Observation of and divination from the actions of birds.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Patronage or protection.
- n. An omen or a sign.
- n. Divination from the actions of birds.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A divining or taking of omens by observing birds; an omen as to an undertaking, drawn from birds; an augury; an omen or sign in general; an indication as to the future.
- n. Protection; patronage and care; guidance.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An augury from birds; an omen or a sign in general: as, to take the auspices; an auspice of good fortune.
- n. Protection or lead; favoring or propitious influence; patronage: especially in the phrase under the auspices (of).
- n. A circumstance or conjunction of circumstances betokening success: as, his career was begun under the fairest auspices.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a favorable omen
Latin auspicium, bird divination, auspices, from auspex, auspic-, bird augur; see awi- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle French auspice, from Latin auspicium, in turn from auspex (Wiktionary)