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

Examples of séance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While the seance unfolds, Shipley and Austin bond over their girl troubles. Jessica Goldstein, Vulture, "Dickinson Recap: Spirits In the Night," 8 Jan. 2021 Filmmaker Laura Conway enacts a cinematic seance using archival documents to communicate with her departed communist grandparents and ask them questions about the end of capitalism. Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Slamdance announces slate for 2021 virtual film festival, skipping Park City because of COVID-19," 30 Nov. 2020 Night of Spirits: 6 p.m. readings, 7 p.m. seance Oct. 27. Domenica Bongiovanni, The Indianapolis Star, "Halloween 2020: 12 scary storytellers, outdoor movies and festivals in Indianapolis," 7 Oct. 2020 The three-hour experience, from 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. each night, will begin with a medium conducting a seance on stage. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee's Riverside Theater can't host concerts, so it's offering ghost hunts and tours in October," 10 Sep. 2020 The horror film, shot entirely on Zoom, takes place as a bunch of friends in lockdown gather online for a seance that unleashes some serious nastiness. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "'She Dies Tomorrow' is latest in a string of films that find humans battling contagion," 6 Aug. 2020 The story revolves around six friends who hire a medium to hold a seance over Zoom, but things quickly go wrong when an evil spirit starts invading their homes and the night becomes a fight for survival. Nina Zafar, Washington Post, "What to watch on Thursday: ‘Frayed’ on HBO Max," 30 July 2020 Think: seances, conjurings, investigations, and tests to perform. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Current Owners of "The Conjuring" House Claim It's Still Haunted and They Want to Show You Live," 7 May 2020 In fact, the home has 2,000 doors, 10,000 windows, 160 rooms, 13 bathrooms, nine kitchens, and yes, one seance room. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "The Winchester Mystery House Is Offering Free Virtual Tours and Special Ticket Deal," 23 Mar. 2020

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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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“Séance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/s%C3%A9ance. Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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