Definition of banshee
: a female spirit in Gaelic folklore whose appearance or wailing warns a family that one of them will soon die We heard someone screaming like a banshee.
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Examples of banshee in a Sentence
I heard someone wailing like a banshee.
Recent Examples of banshee from the Web
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.
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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
Irish bean sídhe & Scottish Gaelic bean sìth, literally, woman of fairyland
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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