banshee

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Irish bean sí, from Old Irish ben síde (literally woman of the fairy mound). The term banshee entered English in 1771.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bænˈʃiː/, /ˈbænʃiː/
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  • Rhymes: -iː

Noun[edit]

banshee (plural banshees)

  1. (Irish folklore) A female spirit, usually taking the form of a woman whose mournful wailing warns of an impending death.
  2. (derogatory) A noisy or ill-tempered woman.

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  • A banshee was originally merely a fairy woman who sang a caoineadh (lament) for recently-deceased members of certain families. Translations of Irish works into English made a distinction between the banshee and other fairy folk that the original language and original stories do not seem to have, but from which sprung the current image of the banshee.

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Noun[edit]

banshee f (plural banshees)

  1. (Irish folklore) banshee (a female spirit who warns of impending death)