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weird sisters

plural noun
1.
Origin of weird sisters
1350-1400
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400
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  • And now it's done to a turn, and the weird sisters have done what they could for the family.'

    Julia Ward Howe Laura E. Richards
  • From Urd comes our word "weird," and the weird sisters of Shakespeare.

    Ten Great Religions James Freeman Clarke
  • Now, in Macbeth also the weird sisters are described as black.

  • The sudden appearance of him who answered the incantations of the weird sisters could not produce a greater panic.

    The Felon's Track Michael Doheny
  • Readers of Norse mythology may suppose that these weird sisters were dim, vague, shadowy creatures; but they are mistaken.

    Second Book of Tales

    Eugene Field
  • However, their designation as weird sisters fully settles the case of their Germanic origin.

  • Geraldine, being acquainted with all that is passing, like the weird sisters in Macbeth, vanishes.

  • They then turned into air, and vanished: by which the generals knew them to be the weird sisters, or witches.

    Tales from Shakespeare Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
  • Macbeth had a wife, to whom he communicated the strange prediction of the weird sisters, and its partial accomplishment.

    Tales from Shakespeare Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
  • They called it Elizabeth; and the black man and weird sisters stuck thorns into various parts of the luckless image.

British Dictionary definitions for weird sisters

weird sisters

plural noun
1.
another name for Fates
2.
(Norse myth) the Norns See Norn1
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