sé·​ance | \ ˈsā-ˌän(t)s How to pronounce séance (audio) , -ˌäⁿs, sā-ˈän(t)s, -ˈäⁿs \

Definition of séance

2 : a spiritualist meeting to receive spirit communications

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Recent Examples on the Web That was the start of a long period during which the family roamed the frontier like a tribe of gypsies, selling snake oil, staging seances, telling fortunes, and effecting miracle cures. John Strausbaugh, National Review, "The Scandalous and Pioneering Victoria Woodhull," 8 Feb. 2020 The other dogs quietly endure as the trio perform a dog seance. Washington Post, "Dogs are the new stars of SNL. Here are the goodest boys.," 19 Nov. 2019 Others prefer seances, divination and selfies with Krampus, Santa’s evil counterpart, who punishes the naughty and ignores the nice. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "You might think the vibe at this curiosity shop and arts venue is creepy, or it might be just what you’re looking for," 2 Dec. 2019 Cap off the evening with a seance led by a professional medium. courant.com, "Community News For The Farmington Valley Edition," 28 Oct. 2019 The Holly Hotel, 110 Battle Alley, Holly: Victorian seances take place starting at 8 p.m. Monday-Wednesday. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ghost stories and legends abound at these haunted restaurants," 28 Oct. 2019 Tarot card reading, seances, vaudeville shows featuring magic acts, tap-dancing skeletons and Miss Eloise judging a costume contest. Lisa Herendeen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area Halloween events for 2019," 19 Sep. 2019 All souls answered in the seance, with many sighs and thoughts of final deathheads and vomiting in the Jungle night. Allen Ginsberg, Harper's magazine, "The Beast in Me," 25 Nov. 2019 The seance is set to take place at Madison’s house, which Marquardt also believes in haunted. Jodi Guglielmi, PEOPLE.com, "Bridget Marquardt and Holly Madison Holding Halloween Séance to Contact the Late Hugh Hefner," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of séance

1803, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for séance

French, from Middle French, from seoir to sit, assemble, from Old French, from Latin sedēre — more at sit

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The first known use of séance was in 1803

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23 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Séance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/s%C3%A9ance. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of séance

: a meeting where people try to communicate with the spirits of dead people

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