priest·ess | \ ˈprē-stəs \

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)

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Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered a 4,400-year-old tomb near Cairo that contains rare wall paintings and is believed to belong to a high-ranking Egyptian priestess, government officials said on Saturday. Jeffery C. Mays, New York Times, "Archaeologists in Egypt Discover 4,400-Year-Old Tomb," 3 Feb. 2018 Additionally, experts in Australia found the tattered remains of an ancient priestess in a 2,500-year-old Egyptian coffin that was long thought to be empty. James Rogers, Fox News, "Mysterious giant sarcophagus discovered in Egypt," 10 July 2018 The dramatic interpretation of Bellini’s mercurial Druid priestess is where Monastyrska has the most room for growth. Eric Skelly, Houston Chronicle, "Review: HGO’s ‘Norma’ is grand, but lead can’t ‘Let It Go’," 1 May 2018 Experts in Australia also recently found the tattered remains of an ancient priestess in a 2,500-year-old Egyptian coffin that was long thought to be empty. James Rogers, Fox News, "2,200-year-old gold coin discovered in Egypt," 31 May 2018 This lunar phase is known to heighten the energy that's already in the air, explains Thorn Mooney, a Gardnerian priestess and author of the upcoming Traditional Wicca., "The One Thing You Should Do During This Month’s Full Moon," 25 May 2018 Kelsey Lauritano’s dark, eloquent mezzo made for a potent Diane, and Shaked Bar was a standout as Diane’s chief priestess and a huntress. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "French Opera Takes Over New York," 23 Apr. 2018 The main character of The Tombs of Atuan is Tenar, a Karg who is taken from her family at the age of five to become a priestess at the tombs of ancient deities known as the Nameless Ones. Ryu Spaeth, New Republic, "An Education Through Earthsea," 6 Feb. 2018 When Pollione falls in love with the novice priestess Adalgisa, however, Norma is distraught, tempted to sacrifice her own children in an act of revenge. Lawrence Elizabeth Knox, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Grand Opera builds myths with ‘Norma’," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of priestess

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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 \

Kids Definition of priestess

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

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