en·chant·ress | \in-ˈchan-trəs, en-\

Definition of enchantress 

1 : a woman who practices magic : sorceress

2 : a fascinating or beautiful woman

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Examples of enchantress in a Sentence

when misfortune occurred, it was not uncommon for some unpopular woman of the village to be branded an enchantress Scarlett O'Hara is one of literature's most celebrated enchantresses.

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Fanning, who stars as Princess Aurora, shared two photos from the London set on Instagram today, showing her silly side with Angelina Jolie, who plays the titular enchantress. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning Just Teased Maleficent II with the Cutest Behind-the-Scenes Photos," 29 May 2018 Besides eternal damnation, the enchantress gave the Beast a magic traveling book—and a completely unnecessary plot point. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "129 Thoughts You'll Have Watching the 'Beauty and the Beast' Remake," 17 Mar. 2017 Pink has made Belle a bookworm whose intelligence and imagination give her the strength to cope with Beast — a prince turned monstrous by an enchantress' spell as punishment for his coldheartedness. Jim Higgins, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Ballet offers a family-friendly 'Beauty and the Beast'," 9 Apr. 2018 Learn the proper swimming techniques of an underwater enchantress. Shelbie Lynn Bostedt, RedEye Chicago, "Breaking down Chicago's 10 best boutique fitness classes," 30 May 2017 The Catalan poet Joan Maragall called it la gran encisera, the great enchantress. New York Times, "In Spain, Searching for Ancestors, Dry Wine and Calm Seas," 16 Jan. 2018 However, her version of the young enchantress won't be campy and lighthearted like Melissa Joan Hart's early 2000s sitcom. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kiernan Shipka Will Play Sabrina the Teenage Witch in Netflix's Riverdale Spinoff," 5 Jan. 2018 On Thursday night, the full music video went live, featuring many of the same visuals in the teaser—New Taylor controlling her destiny as part robot, part enchantress—but a taste of Old Taylor, too. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "In Her Music Video, New Taylor Rides Her Own White Horse," 27 Oct. 2017 Our heroine crosses paths with all manner of enchantresses and sorceresses. David Sturm, Columbia Flier, "Science does battle with sorcery at Venus Theater," 15 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of enchantress

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of enchantress

: a woman who uses spells or magic : a sorceress or witch

: a very interesting or beautiful woman


en·chant·ress | \in-ˈchan-trəs \

Kids Definition of enchantress

: a woman who casts magic spells : witch, sorceress

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