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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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 Throughout the classical world spread the belief that these priestesses channeled prophecies from Apollo himself. National Geographic, "Once sacred, the Oracle at Delphi was lost for a millennium. See how it was found.," 12 Mar. 2019 But, there are plenty of fashion gods — high priests and priestesses — who disagree with me. Ellen Warren,, "Sandal season: Scratchy thong solution and the truth about summer stockings," 6 June 2019 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

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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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