or ban·shie

[ ban-shee, ban-shee ]
/ ˈbæn ʃi, bænˈʃi /


(in Irish folklore) a spirit in the form of a wailing woman who appears to or is heard by members of a family as a sign that one of them is about to die.

Origin of banshee

1765–75; < Irish bean sīdhe woman of a fairy mound; see sídh Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for banshee

/ (ˈbænʃiː, bænˈʃiː) /


(in Irish folklore) a female spirit whose wailing warns of impending death

Word Origin for banshee

C18: from Irish Gaelic bean sídhe, literally: woman of the fairy mound
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