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1. Appearance; air; mien.

2. Manifestation; token; portent. We asked of god that some ostent might clear Our cloudy business, who gave us sign. (Chapman)

Origin: L. Ostentus, ostentum, fr. Ostendere (p. P. Ostensus and ostentus) to show. See Ostensible.