priestess

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From priest +‎ -ess.

Noun[edit]

priestess (plural priestesses, masculine priest)

  1. A woman with religious duties and responsibilities.
Usage notes[edit]

Chiefly with regard to ancient or Pagan religions, or metaphorically. In Protestant denominations that admit women to the priesthood, such as Anglicanism, they are generally referred to as priests.

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Verb[edit]

priestess (third-person singular simple present priestesses, present participle priestessing, simple past and past participle priestessed)

  1. (transitive) To oversee (a pagan ceremony) as priestess.
    • 1998, Wendy Hunter Roberts, Celebrating Her: Feminist Ritualizing Comes of Age (page 124)
      Ye Ye Ife, a gifted feminist ritualist and priestess of Oshun from San Diego, trained in the Yoruba tradition, designed and priestessed the ritual with me.
    • 2014, Danu Forest, Celtic Tree Magic: Ogham Lore and Druid Mysteries
      Priestessing the earth is for me personally the only natural response to the awe and deep love this evokes in me.
    • 2014, John C. Sulak, ‎Carl Llewellyn Weschcke, ‎Oberon Zell, The Wizard and the Witch: Seven Decades of Counterculture, Magick & Paganism
      I priestessed the ceremony. I played Hecate. One time I played Demeter and my daughter played Persephone.