god·​dess | \ ˈgä-dəs How to pronounce goddess (audio) also ˈgȯ- \

Definition of goddess

1 : a female god
2 : a woman whose great charm or beauty arouses adoration

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Examples of goddess in a Sentence

a goddess of ancient Greece The actress, who is already a goddess in her own country, is finally getting recognition here.
Recent Examples on the Web In the center of the mural is the Anglo Saxon goddess of Spring, Estara, for which Ostara is named, Breslin said. BostonGlobe.com, "Who painted utility boxes in Providence? The story - and artists - behind them," 27 Apr. 2021 Cathy Ang voices the young heroine Fei Fei, who builds a rocket to fly to the moon in an attempt to discover the goddess of the moon. Savannah Salazar, Vulture, "Here’s Where You Can Stream This Year’s Oscar Movies," 17 Mar. 2021 Bartholdi, the French sculptor who got the commission for the Statue took inspiration from the Roman goddess of liberty. Greg Miller, Smithsonian Magazine, "Recently Discovered Drawings for the Statue of Liberty Hint at a Last-Minute Change," 8 Apr. 2020 Music City’s other current goddess is Dolly Parton. Andrew Nelson, WSJ, "A Deliciously Diverting Road Trip Through the Deep South," 23 Apr. 2021 Earth is the sole planet not named after a Greek or Roman god or goddess. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Hum, sing, whistle, breathe: Sun Messages," 19 Apr. 2021 Nüwa, named for the Chinese mythological goddess who melted five stones to give robust societal pillars, would be housed inside a sheer rock face where residents would be protected from damaging cosmic and solar radiation. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "See the Astonishing Plans for the Very First City on Mars," 24 Mar. 2021 Under the Phoenicians, the city became a center for the worship of the sky-god Baal and the goddess Astarte. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Virtual Tour Restores Baalbek’s Stunning Roman Temples to Their Former Glory," 9 Apr. 2021 There are also plenty of dykey haircuts on display, plus evidence of goddess worship, nude homesteading, and polyamory. Sasha Archibald, The New Yorker, "The Photo Book That Let Lesbians See Themselves," 4 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of goddess

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of goddess was in the 14th century

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10 May 2021

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“Goddess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goddess. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of goddess

: a female god (sense 2)
: a woman who is greatly loved or admired


god·​dess | \ ˈgä-dəs How to pronounce goddess (audio) \

Kids Definition of goddess

: a female god

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