séance

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noun sé·ance \ˈsā-ˌän(t)s, -ˌäⁿs, sā-ˈ\

Definition of séance

  1. 1 :  session, sitting

  2. 2 :  a spiritualist meeting to receive spirit communications

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Origin and Etymology of séance

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


First Known Use: 1803


SÉANCE Defined for English Language Learners

séance

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Definition of séance for English Language Learners

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


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