priest·​ess ˈprē-stəs How to pronounce priestess (audio)
: a woman authorized to perform the sacred rites of a religion
: a woman regarded as a leader (as of a movement)

Examples of priestess in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In another of the room’s works, an ancient artist has reimagined the Greek god Apollo trying to seduce the Trojan priestess Cassandra. Julia Binswanger, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Apr. 2024 The cult’s creaking, wooden church, run by a pregnant priestess, is filled with paintings implied to be premonitions, and Weaving’s character ends up imbued with some sort of supernatural ability to glimpse future events herself. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 20 Mar. 2024 Once a kick-ass member of a mysteriously powerful order of priestesses, Lady Jessica dramatically saves her son’s life early in the film only to slowly turn into a glorified baby monitor. Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times, 5 Mar. 2024 The art on the label is a vintage photo of a Burmese priestess kissing a snake, perhaps eluding to how difficult and site-specific Grenache is to make well. Kim Westerman, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Chalamet’s delicate features take on a haunted sharpness as Paul hopes to earn what his mother, the Bene Gesserit priestess Jessica, would rather manipulate into being by converting nonbelievers. Joshua Rothkopf, Los Angeles Times, 21 Feb. 2024 On his behalf, his daughter, the priestess Enheduanna, used the moon to unite the leading god of Akkad (Inanna, the goddess of love) and the moon god of Sumer (Nanna). Rebecca Boyle, The Atlantic, 3 Jan. 2024 Arms control’s high priests and priestesses, and key senators such as Joe Biden and John Kerry, were apoplectic. John R. Bolton, National Review, 25 Jan. 2024 Every year, human resource professionals — the high priests and priestesses of the woke religion — recruit and hire a new crop of college graduates having been carefully groomed to embrace woke theology. Chris Roemer, Baltimore Sun, 6 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of priestess was in 1654

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“Priestess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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priest·​ess ˈprē-stəs How to pronounce priestess (audio)
: a woman who is a priest

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