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[shee] /ʃi/
noun, plural sídhe
[shee] /ʃi/ (Show IPA).
Irish Folklore.
a mound or hill in which fairies live.
a fairy.
sídhe, the race of fairies.
Origin of sídh
1785-95; < Irish; MIr síd, síth fairy mound; cf. banshee Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for sidhe
Historical Examples
  • To return, however, to the sidhe people of the British Islands.

    The Testimony of Tradition David MacRitchie
  • The sidhe have been, like the Angels, from before the making of the earth.

  • These are the sidhe, or people of the hill, the noblest among these mysterious folk.

    Killarney Mary Gorges
  • sidhe is also Gaelic for wind, and certainly the sidhe have much to do with the wind.

    The Wind Among the Reeds William Butler Yeats
  • I asked a countryman who was with me what hill that was, and he told me it was Cruachmaa of the sidhe.

    Ideas of Good and Evil William Butler Yeats
  • And after a while he went into a hill of the sidhe to be healed of his old wounds.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
  • "Let me go to-night to the door of the hill of the sidhe," said Cascorach.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
  • When the sidhe declare their will, we should with due awe consider it.

    Imaginations and Reveries (A.E.) George William Russell
  • I am afraid of him,' said the young trooper, 'I fear he is one of the sidhe.'

    The Secret Rose W. B. Yeats
  • But Lugh stopped near them for three days and three nights, and at the end of that time the Riders of the sidhe came to him.

    Gods and Fighting Men Lady I. A. Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for sidhe


/ʃiː; ˈʃiːdɪ/
plural noun the sidhe
the inhabitants of fairyland; fairies
Word Origin
C18: from Irish Gaelic aos sídhe people of the fairy mound; compare banshee
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Word Origin and History for sidhe


"the hills of the fairies," 1793; but in Yeats, "the fairie folk" (1899), elipsis of Irish (aos) sidhe "people of the faerie mound" (cf. second element in banshee).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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