[en-chan-tris, -chahn-]


a woman who practices magic; sorceress.
an irresistibly charming or fascinating woman: an enchantress who breaks men's hearts.

Origin of enchantress

1325–75; Middle English enchanteresse < Anglo-French, Middle French. See enchanter, -ess

Synonyms for enchantress

Usage note

See -ess.
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Related Words for enchantress

siren, charmer, diviner, witch, seductress, vamp

Examples from the Web for enchantress

Contemporary Examples of enchantress

  • Harry refers to his “Enchantress of our Twenty Thousand Days.”

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    The Magazine King

    Harold Evans

    May 1, 2010

Historical Examples of enchantress

  • Then, drinking off all the wine, he looked the enchantress calmly in the face.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "It is only a sleeping potion," said the enchantress to Prince Jason.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • And anyhow, no doubt all the best cabins on the Enchantress Isis were taken.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • I had told such stories about the Enchantress Isis that she would like to see her.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

  • He had been clever, and got on board the Enchantress as they told him to do.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

Word Origin and History for enchantress

late 14c., "witch," from enchanter + -ess. Meaning "charming woman" is from 1713.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper