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 The stranded soccer players of Yellowjackets, the remarkable series about to wrap its first season on Showtime, improvise their own version of a Ouija seance. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 14 Jan. 2022 Piggy’s featured scene is the attraction’s seance, a tribute to the floating Leota head. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Oct. 2021 Last year, Shudder produced the film ‘Host,’ about a Zoom seance. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 8 Oct. 2021 The classic play, which was turned into a movie in 1945, is about a writer who invites a medium to conduct a seance at his home for inspiration for his next novel, is being adapted and directed by CSU associate professor of theatre Russ Borski. cleveland, 27 Aug. 2021 Next, the psychic at the seance asks if Luann has an uncle figure in her life. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 3 Aug. 2021 Neville introduces them in a literal setting-the-table montage — a fitting introduction for a celebrity profile that sometimes plays like a collective seance, with a touch of the too-late intervention. Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 The new clip teases a seance, an evil, bat-wielding Santa Claus and a scene of Amy Grabow as former second lady Tipper Gore. Vanessa Etienne, PEOPLE.com, 8 July 2021 Inside, brown paper bags filled with takeout orders wait on a table in a room dressed for a prohibition-era seance, with copper cups, art nouveau antiques and stunning blue wallpaper. Michael Russell, oregonlive, 14 Apr. 2021 See More

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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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“Séance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/s%C3%A9ance. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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