priest·​ess | \ ˈprē-stəs How to pronounce priestess (audio) \

Definition of priestess

1 : a woman authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion
2 : a woman regarded as a leader (as of a movement)

Examples of priestess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its priestess, Jeanne Yolande Vital, a pillar of the community, was crushed inside, along with the kitchen and restaurant that fed the community. Washington Post, 21 Aug. 2021 In director Oliver Stone's 1991 film The Doors, the ceremony was depicted, and Kennealy-Morrison appeared on-screen as a Wicca priestess for the scene, which starred Val Kilmer as Morrison and Kathleen Quinlan as Kennealy-Morrison. Benjamin Vanhoose,, 5 Aug. 2021 The writer appeared in the movie as the priestess performing the pagan wedding. Los Angeles Times, 4 Aug. 2021 Amanda Donohoe stars as a snake-worshipping priestess opposite a young Hugh Grant and Peter Capaldi. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 26 May 2021 Finney turned to her godmother, a priestess of Ifa, a religion of the Yoruba people of western Africa and system of divination, to teach her about mediumship. Tatiana Boncompagni, Marie Claire, 7 June 2021 Laveau spent her remaining decades as New Orleans' premier voodoo priestess, revered as a healer, counselor, and community leader. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 25 May 2021 His guests have included a North Face athlete with a leg amputation, a PhD chemist that became a priestess at age 62, and a billboard-charting death metal guitarist that retired to become a dentist. Rebekah Bastian, Forbes, 24 May 2021 Angar the Screamer: A hippie experimented on by a space priestess, gifting him with a sonic scream that makes people high. Oliver Sava, Vulture, 21 May 2021

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First Known Use of priestess

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Priestess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of priestess

: a woman who leads or performs religious ceremonies in some religions


priest·​ess | \ ˈprē-stəs How to pronounce priestess (audio) \

Kids Definition of priestess

: a woman who has the authority to lead or perform religious ceremonies

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