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 Even if her stepmother is a voodoo priestess and her step-sister can summon dead people. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "Teen Titans stories celebrate underdogs: Captain Comics," 2 Oct. 2020 And in Greek mythology Orchis was a brute whose punishment for assaulting a priestess was to be torn into pieces—from which sprouted a plant with testicle-like tubers. National Geographic, "Holographic elephants shine new light on tradition—and other innovations," 5 Nov. 2019 Marie LaFleur is a voodoo priestess who lives in New Orleans. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Who is Mambo Marie From "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Season 3?," 1 Feb. 2020 The characters on the periphery — the black transgender woman, the voodoo priestess, the troubled, uneducated young man who is the murder victim — might drive the story this time, emerging as something more than the sum of their quirks. New York Times, "New & Noteworthy, From Carrie Fisher to the Case for Impeachment," 17 Dec. 2019 Meanwhile, Yvie took a slow-and-surreal approach with her mirrored headpiece and bloody makeup turning her into some interdimensional zombie priestess. The Atlantic, "The 15 Best TV Moments of 2019," 19 Dec. 2019 This trend, and the variety of markings found, suggests the body art may be associated with women’s roles as healers and priestesses, not simply fertility and sexuality as previously theorized. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Infrared Reveals Egyptian Mummies’ Hidden Tattoos," 5 Dec. 2019 She is dressed in all white as part of her commitment to the process of becoming ordained as a priestess in Santería. Karl Vick, Time, "Where Three Women's Journey from Cuba to America Left Them," 18 Oct. 2019 There will be poetry readings; a panel with State Historian Walter Woodward and a Wiccan Samhain ritual led by playwright and priestess Suzanne Wingrove. Carole Goldberg,, "Write Stuff: Justice Sotomayor in Meriden, ‘Is Shakespeare dead?’, witchcraft in Connecticut," 9 Oct. 2019

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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 22 Oct. 2020.

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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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