goddess

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English goddesse, equivalent to god +‎ -ess, formed about 1350. The figurative meaning is first found in Spenser's Shepheardes calender (1579).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) enPR: gŏd'ĕs, IPA(key): /ˈɡɒd.ɛs/
  • (US) enPR: gäd'ǐs, IPA(key): /ˈɡɑd.ɪs/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: god‧dess

Noun[edit]

goddess (plural goddesses)

  1. (religion) A female deity.
  2. (figuratively) A woman honored or adored as physically attractive or of superior charm and intelligence.
  3. (figuratively) A woman of substantial authority or influence.

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