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)

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Among the average festival-goers were prominent community leaders, authors, and educators, such as Curott, a New York attorney-turned-Wicca priestess who experienced a spiritual awakening in the 80s after having unexplained dreams and premonitions. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Crystals, healing, acceptance: Inside the world of Michigan's witches," 2 Aug. 2019 That goes to the princess Amneris, who begs softly for peace, and a chorus of priests and priestesses. Zachary Woolfe, New York Times, "Review: Details Matter in Riccardo Muti’s Precise ‘Aida’," 23 June 2019 Alfre Woodard plays Paris, a priestess and advisor to Baba Voss. James Hibberd,, "Watch the first trailer for Jason Momoa's new epic Apple series See," 10 Sep. 2019 Beauvais is returning to one of her first-ever roles as a rose petal priestess, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Garcelle Beauvais and Nomzamo Mbatha Join 'Coming 2 America' Cast," 24 Aug. 2019 Beauvais is returning to one of her first-ever roles, playing a rose petal priestess. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, "Nomzamo Mbatha and Garcelle Beauvais Join Eddie Murphy in 'Coming 2 America' (Exclusive)," 22 Aug. 2019 Three songs inscribed in hieroglyphics at Luxor reveal the words chanted by priests and priestesses. National Geographic, "Egypt’s pharaohs welcomed summer with this fabulous festival," 25 June 2019 Ms Toomey’s mix of Dyonisian priestess and soothing guru helped. The Economist, "The business of the body," 11 July 2019 According to legend, Sargon of Akkad was born in secret to a priestess mother who set him adrift on a river, where he was found by the common laborer who raised him. Kristin Baird Rattini, National Geographic, "Meet the world’s first emperor," 18 June 2019

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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 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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