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See also: Goddess
From Middle English goddesse, equivalent to god + -ess, formed about 1350. The figurative meaning is first found in Spenser's Shepheardes calender (1579). Displaced Old English gyden.
- (Received Pronunciation) enPR: gŏd'ĕs, enPR: gäd'ǐs, IPA(key): /ˈɡɒdɛs/, /-ɪs/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈɡɑdəs/, /-ɛs/
Audio (GA) (file)
- Hyphenation: god‧dess
goddess (plural goddesses)
- (religion) A female deity.
- (figuratively) A woman honored or adored as physically attractive or of superior charm and intelligence.
- 2014, Mary Castillo, Caridad Pineiro Scordato, Berta Platas, Friday Night Chicas: Sexy Stories from La Noche, page 216:
- The girls who had tormented me in high school had fallen, hard, from their pedestals. The cheerleader goddesses were Wal-Mart moms, wearing enough eyeliner and dark shadow to supply a Goth nightclub for a month.
- (figuratively) A woman of substantial authority or influence.
adored or idealized woman
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