priestess

noun
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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First, there are her obvious ties to Melisandre, who is a priestess of R'hllor. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Is Arya Stark Actually Azor Ahai, the Prince That Was Promised, on Game of Thrones?," 29 Apr. 2019 In other words, the possibility that the mummy was that of the Egyptian priestess Mer-Neith-it-es could not be ruled out. Amy B Wang, Washington Post, "A museum relegated an ‘empty’ coffin to a side room for decades. Inside was a 2,500-year-old mummy.," 27 Mar. 2018 In Australia, archaeologists 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, "'Cursed' ancient Egyptian sarcophagus reveals its grisly secrets," 21 Aug. 2018 There’s no doubt that CDG high-priestess-in-chief Rei Kawakubo would appreciate the sentiment. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Gwendoline Christie Does “Moody” Chic at the Premiere of Her New Horror Film," 22 Oct. 2018 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

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First Known Use of priestess

1654, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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priestess

noun

English Language Learners Definition of priestess

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

priestess

noun
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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