sor·​cer·​ess | \ ˈsȯr-sə-rəs How to pronounce sorceress (audio) , ˈsȯrs-rəs \

Definition of sorceress

: a woman who is a sorcerer

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Examples of sorceress in a Sentence

asked the sorceress to cast an evil spell over the village
Recent Examples on the Web The leader of a band of desert mercenaries is hired to kill a ruthless despot and his clairvoyant sorceress. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘My Fair Lady’; ‘Marry Poppins’," 19 Mar. 2021 Since 2012, the Great Pompeii Project, an ongoing conservation initiative funded largely by the European Union, has unearthed a stunning array of treasures, from a snack bar that served snails and fish to a sorceress’ kit. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, "‘Miraculously’ Well-Preserved Ceremonial Chariot Found at Villa Outside of Pompeii," 2 Mar. 2021 The story is about a queen, desperate to fulfill her love, who hires a powerful and feared sorceress named Gray Alys. Nick Romano,, "Next Milla Jovovich, Paul W.S. Anderson film will tackle fantasy tale from Game of Thrones author," 25 Feb. 2021 In a darker, sorceress-like shot, his mother stands in the woods in an emerald green frock with sneakers. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Anton Belinskiy’s Lockdown Family Album Is Eerie, Beautiful, and Heartwarming," 22 Feb. 2021 Consider the tenth book in Homer’s Odyssey, when Odysseus’ men arrive at the house of the sorceress Circe. Martin Aitken, Harpers Magazine, "A Mutable Feast," 5 Jan. 2021 An ancient sorceress, whose riddles hide an eerie foresight. Ew Staff,, "First look: Realm Breaker is your next YA fantasy obsession," 1 Dec. 2020 For Jan Morris was, in a way, the sorceress of Wales. Travel, "Why the mystique of Wales gave strength to a legendary writer," 25 Nov. 2020 Nicks has been embracing some of the busiest years of her dual careers as both Fleetwood Mac frontwoman and solo sorceress—and doing so amid a global pandemic. Keaton Bell, Vogue, "Stevie Nicks Answers All Our Questions About Harry Styles," 25 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of sorceress

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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24 Mar 2021

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“Sorceress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sorceress

: a woman who practices sorcery


sor·​cer·​ess | \ ˈsȯr-sə-rəs How to pronounce sorceress (audio) \

Kids Definition of sorceress

: a woman who practices sorcery or witchcraft : witch

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