enchantress

noun

en·​chant·​ress in-ˈchan-trəs How to pronounce enchantress (audio)
en-
1
: a woman who practices magic : sorceress
2
: a fascinating or beautiful woman

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.
Recent Examples on the Web And while their visual imagery is usually masculine — loincloth and all — there are plenty of female oni, some of whom are enchantresses born out of feelings of jealousy, vengeance and shame. Alex Orlando, Discover Magazine, 24 July 2023 Meanwhile, Pearcy’s beautiful projections conjure everything from a medieval castle to creeping vines in a spooky forest inhabited by the fairy enchantress Morgan le Fay. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, 7 June 2023 The dishware pyramid is topped by a twirly candle-holder meant to put you in mind of Kevin Lima’s snappy design for Lumière, the movie’s chief of the household staff who has been transformed into a lively candelabrum by a cruel enchantress. Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2022 Ordered as an eight-episode limited series, the musical prequel was to explore not only how Gaston and LeFou became unlikely friends, but also how the Prince fell under the spell of a mystical enchantress, transforming him into the Beast. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 11 Feb. 2022 Details on her character are under wraps, though Deadline reports LuPone could be playing a witch opposite Hahn's ancient enchantress Agatha Harkness, who once posed as the nosy neighbor in the spellbound town of Elizabeth Olsen's Wanda Maximoff. Nick Romano, EW.com, 22 Dec. 2022 In order to reverse the curse that was cast by the Witch, the Baker (Sebastian Arcelus) and his wife (Stephanie J. Block) must venture into the woods and bring back items to concoct a special potion for the enchantress. Ingrid Vasquez, Peoplemag, 21 Oct. 2022 In Disney’s version, an enchantress’ spell turns the vain, cruel Prince Adam into a frightening man-beast and his staff into household objects. Christine Dolen, Sun Sentinel, 10 Aug. 2022 This enchantress is the Millay whom many came to know. Maggie Doherty, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of enchantress was in the 14th century

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“Enchantress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/enchantress. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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enchantress

noun
en·​chant·​ress in-ˈchan-trəs How to pronounce enchantress (audio)
1
: a woman who practices magic : sorceress
2
: a fascinating or beautiful woman

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