sor·​cer·​ess ˈsȯr-sə-rəs How to pronounce sorceress (audio)
: a woman who is a sorcerer

Examples of sorceress in a Sentence

asked the sorceress to cast an evil spell over the village
Recent Examples on the Web To get herself out of trouble, Zhen distracts Po with word of a treacherous sorceress, the Chameleon, voiced by Viola Davis. Kimmy Yam, NBC News, 8 Mar. 2024 Then, as an adult on the throne, she’s revered by her people both as a ruler and as a sorceress, and this fearsome reputation proves strategically important. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, 20 Mar. 2024 Salem also portrayed the evil sorceress Belor on the 1981-82 ITV kids series Into the Labyrinth and the organized crime family member Joanne Francis on the BBC soap Eastenders for two seasons (1988-89). Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, 23 Feb. 2024 Meanwhile, an evil sorceress (Viola Davis) plans to re-summon all the master villains Po has conquered in his past. Grace Tucker, The Enquirer, 26 Jan. 2024 When Princess Calla’s sister is put into an endless sleep by an evil sorceress, Calla goes on a perilous journey to save her and the kingdom. Charlie Jane Anders, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 The sorceress — mortal granddaughter of Helios, the sun god of Greek mythology — kills two of her children as revenge for her husband Jason’s betrayal. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2023 And while the little girl's name isn't Aurora, Sleeping Beauty fans know Briar Rose was Princess Aurora's secondary moniker given to her by the three fairies who raised her in the forest, away from the danger of sorceress Maleficent. Jen Juneau, Peoplemag, 16 Oct. 2023 But our sorceress has powerful tools of destruction, as well — Medea’s magic. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sorceress was in the 14th century

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“Sorceress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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sor·​cer·​ess ˈsȯrs-(ə-)rəs How to pronounce sorceress (audio)
: a woman who practices sorcery : witch

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