1. An official diviner who foretold events by the singing, chattering, flight, and feeding of birds, or by signs or omens derived from celestial phenomena, certain appearances of quadrupeds, or unusual occurrences.
2. One who foretells events by omens; a soothsayer; a diviner; a prophet. Augur of ill, whose tongue was never found without a priestly curse or boding sound. (Dryden)
Origin: L. Of uncertain origin: the first part of the word is perh. Fr. L. Avis bird, and the last syllable, gur, equiv. To the Skr. Gar to call, akin to L. Garrulus garrulous.