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[sawr-ser-is] /ˈsɔr sər ɪs/
a woman who practices sorcery; witch.
Origin of sorceress
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French sorceresse, equivalent to sorcer (see sorcerer) + -esse -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Here the spell of one sorceress can straightway be offset by that of her sister.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • "I thought the sorceress of Rome was at the bottom of it," he said.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • "So horribly hideous, you would say," broke in the sorceress.

    Shoulder-Straps Henry Morford
  • Thus spake the sorceress, and out she went to keep her word.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • And so, with all due solemnity, the sorceress went to her work.

    The Gypsies Charles G. Leland
  • Her beauty was magnificently evil; she had the grace of a gazelle and the eyes of a sorceress.

    The Yellow Claw Sax Rohmer
  • The sorceress was thoughtful for a time, considering the consequences of her loss.

    The Lost Princess of Oz

    L. Frank Baum
  • He added, after a silence, "And what shall I do with the sorceress?"

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
Word Origin and History for sorceress

late 14c., from Anglo-French sorceresse, from sorcer (see sorcerer).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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