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 their twin majesty, Mary, the luminous goddess, and Maria Gracia, my beloved grandmother, are with me. Lauren Depino, New York Times, "The Persistence of May," 8 May 2020 Examples at the museum, which held a memorable Kalighat exhibition in 2011, include a two-sided painting of Sheetala, the smallpox goddess, who has the power to cure or curse devotees. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art collection shows how humanity coped with pandemics from Black Death to AIDS," 26 Apr. 2020 The screen fills up with a photo of a blue-eyed, blond-haired shiksa goddess sticking her tongue sideways at the camera. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "'In Five Years' Is Marie Claire's April Book Club Pick," 30 Mar. 2020 Selena Gomez's style changes from comfy athleisure to '90s femme to glamour goddess on the regular, but there's one thing that remains constant no matter what her vibe: the earrings. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Selena Gomez Doesn’t Go Anywhere Without These Chunky Gold Hoops," 7 Jan. 2020 Day of the Dead has religious roots: before the Spanish conquest, the Aztecs dedicated most of August to their goddess of death, Mictecacihuatl. Washington Post, "Day of the Dead parade hits Mexico City as holiday expands," 28 Oct. 2019 The ancient Babylonians also named the planets after their deities: Jupiter was Marduk, Mercury was Nebo, and Venus was the goddess Ishtar. Shannon Stirone, Wired, "Space Photos of the Week: Awesome Planets and Ancient Gods," 4 Apr. 2020 Eidothea was a goddess from Homer’s The Odyssey, a daughter of Proteus, with extraordinary powers. Maddie Stone, The Atlantic, "A Forgotten Forest of Ancient Trees Was Devastated by Bushfires," 25 Feb. 2020 After all, what is a goddess but someone who knows acolytes are the ultimate accolades? Faran Krentcil, Harper's BAZAAR, "12 Ways Fashion Was Defined in the 2010s," 19 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of goddess

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Goddess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/goddess. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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