- (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
Related Words for bansheephantom, devil, demon, soul, shadow, specter, vision, vampire, apparition, spook, appearance, visitor, spirit, revenant, doppelganger, phantasm, kelpie, banshee, haunt, bogeyman
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Contemporary Examples of banshee
When the sheriff-to-be is killed, the man assumes his identity, Lucas Hood, and becomes the new Sheriff of Banshee.
The first season of Banshee, meanwhile, was completely outrageous (in a good way).
Historical Examples of banshee
He marched his men up, with the thin wailing of a banshee in his ears.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
But that was the last act of destruction that the Banshee was destined to accomplish.The World Peril of 1910
Presently he heard the long-drawn, quavering, banshee wail of a locomotive.The Escape of Mr. Trimm
Irvin S. Cobb
The Banshee corked the bottle and held it up proudly to the light.David and the Phoenix
Yes, it surely must be the banshee, and what does it forebode?The Heir of Kilfinnan
- (in Irish folklore) a female spirit whose wailing warns of impending death
Word Origin for banshee
1771, from phonetic spelling of Irish bean sidhe "female of the Elves," from bean "woman" (from PIE *gwen-; see queen) + sidhe, from sith "fairy" or sid "fairy mound." Specifically, one who calls to the spirits of the dead.