- any of certain women of antiquity reputed to possess powers of prophecy or divination.
- a female prophet or witch.
Origin of sibyl
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- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for sibyl
Her girlhood had in it a certain dignity as of a virgin priestess or sibyl.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I'm afraid the Sibyl is the only person capable of interpreting these.The Dramatic Values in Plautus
Wilton Wallace Blancke
The Sibyl picked them up and wrote with an eagle's quill on each.
The Sibyl placed them in rows on the ledges of rock inside the cavern.
With a guard on either side the Sibyl was shown into the presence of the king.
- (in ancient Greece and Rome) any of a number of women believed to be oracles or prophetesses, one of the most famous being the sibyl of Cumae, who guided Aeneas through the underworld
- a witch, fortune-teller, or sorceress
Word Origin and History for sibyl
"woman supposed to possess powers of prophecy, female soothsayer," c.1200, from Old French sibile, from Latin Sibylla, from Greek Sibylla, name for any of several prophetesses consulted by ancient Greeks and Romans, of uncertain origin. Said to be from Doric Siobolla, from Attic Theoboule "divine wish."