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[en-chan-tris, -chahn-] /ɛnˈtʃæn trɪs, -ˈtʃɑn-/
a woman who practices magic; sorceress.
an irresistibly charming or fascinating woman:
an enchantress who breaks men's hearts.
Origin of enchantress
1325-75; Middle English enchanteresse < Anglo-French, Middle French. See enchanter, -ess
1. witch, siren. 2. seductress, temptress, vamp, charmer.
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Then, drinking off all the wine, he looked the enchantress calmly in the face.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "It is only a sleeping potion," said the enchantress to Prince Jason.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • And anyhow, no doubt all the best cabins on the enchantress Isis were taken.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • I had told such stories about the enchantress Isis that she would like to see her.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • He had been clever, and got on board the enchantress as they told him to do.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Which is a mortal task for the Dervish in the presence of the enchantress.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The enchantress on hearing of the crime lights the fire under her cauldron.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The enchantress had wrought her spell, had ministered her poison.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The seven days, of which the enchantress had spoken, were expired.

Word Origin and History for enchantress

late 14c., "witch," from enchanter + -ess. Meaning "charming woman" is from 1713.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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