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Examples of banshee in a Sentence
I heard someone wailing like a banshee.
Recent Examples of banshee from the Web
The hosts of the ABC cooking and lifestyle show were toting banshees on their shoulders.
People have claimed to hear wails of banshees and see ghostly hell hounds and apparitions of Confederate soldiers.
Inside me everything is lightening bolts and banshee wails and chaos.
Confused, pissed-off and hungry to scream the truth, Gaga becomes a banshee on Joanne’s lead single, and the raw performance makes for a captivating listen.
And, oh yes, what is probably the best theme-park attraction Walt Disney World engineers have developed to date: a thrilling ride on the back of a flying banshee through a lush, faraway land.
The banshees are designed to sit on the shoulders of their owners, who can control the mechanical toys’ head movements, sounds and flapping of wings.
About ten minutes in, someone came to my front door and my little dog Meimei, resting at my feet, jumped up and started barking like a banshee.
Banshees have flown off the shelves at Pandora — the World of Avatar, the new land at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
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Did You Know?
In Irish folklore, a "bean sidhe" (literally "woman of fairyland") was not a welcome guest. When she was seen combing her hair or heard wailing beneath a window, it was considered a sign that a family member was about to die. English speakers modified the mournful fairy's Irish name into the modern word banshee - a term we now most often use to evoke her woeful or terrible or earsplitting cry, as in "to scream like a banshee," or attributively, "a banshee wail."
Origin and Etymology of banshee
First Known Use: 1771See Words from the same year
BANSHEE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of banshee for English Language Learners
: a female spirit in Irish and Scottish stories who cries loudly to warn people that someone is going to die soon
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