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 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 Each seance last about 66 minutes and cost $35 per person. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Ghost stories and legends abound at these haunted restaurants," 28 Oct. 2019 Houdini spent much of his life trying to debunk seances, fortune tellers and mediums, and even testified before Congress. Barry Adams, chicagotribune.com, "Milwaukee museum exhibit explores Houdini’s Wisconsin roots," 18 Oct. 2019 Filled with haunted history, dark tales, and Victorian traditions surrounding seances and spiritualism. courant.com, "Parties, haunted tours, scary movies: Here’s a list of Halloween events in Connecticut," 1 Oct. 2019 Her mother and fellow Imagineer, Leota Toombs, is the face inside the floating crystal ball in Madame Leota’s seance room. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Last ‘Haunted Mansion’ designer looks back on spooky Disney ride’s 50th anniversary," 9 Aug. 2019 Hollywood friends told of seeing her at seance-type sessions, meditating Indian philosophies with Mia Farrow and others. Los Angeles Times, "From the Archives: ‘Ritualistic Slayings’: Sharon Tate, Four Others Murdered," 28 July 2019 The early 20th century craze for seances and mediums today seems laughably naive. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "Behind the magic of Harry Houdini at the Jewish Museum of Maryland," 29 June 2018

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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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30 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Séance.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/s%C3%A9ance. Accessed 8 December 2019.

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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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