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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Synonyms for enchantress


hag, hex, sorceress, witch

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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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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 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

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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 How to pronounce enchantress (audio) \

Kids Definition of enchantress

: a woman who casts magic spells : witch, sorceress

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