en·​chant·​ress | \ in-ˈchan-trəs How to pronounce enchantress (audio) , en- \

Definition of enchantress

1 : a woman who practices magic : sorceress
2 : a fascinating or beautiful woman

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web She's generally depicted as a mysterious and often unnamed enchantress who lives beneath a lake and is probably best known for bestowing Excalibur on King Arthur. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Who Is Nimue, Katherine Langford's Cursed Heroine?," 17 July 2020 The Real World, but with bloodsuckers—the location shifted from the creators’ native New Zealand to Staten Island, where erstwhile Ottoman warriors and Gothic enchantresses sent to conquer the New World have instead become homebodies. Judy Berman, Time, "The Best New TV Characters of 2019," 6 Dec. 2019 The story tells of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. Jennifer Boehm, sun-sentinel.com, "Top events for kids this weekend: Aviation Expo, Paw Patrol and more," 3 Dec. 2019 The classic story retells the tale of Belle and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "S.F. Bay Area calendar: Beauty and the Beast Jr., jazz and more," 22 July 2019 As the women circle each other, Highsmith plumbs a range of female relationships—mother and daughter, mentor and protégée, furtive lovers, enchantress and the enchanted. Megan Abbott, WSJ, "Five Best: Megan Abbott on Novels About Female Friendship," 9 Aug. 2018 For the more refined enchantresses among us (here's to you, Anjelica Huston), look no further than a pore-refining charcoal mask and a vampy Charlotte Tilbury palette to strike a beguiling note. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Which Witch Are You? 7 Beguiling Beauty Looks from Film for Halloween," 14 Oct. 2018 And finally, the enchantress gets way more screen time. Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "13 Ways 'Beauty and the Beast' Is *Completely* Different from the Original," 3 Mar. 2017 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

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First Known Use of enchantress

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Enchantress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchantress. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce enchantress (audio) \

Kids Definition of enchantress

: a woman who casts magic spells : witch, sorceress

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