[ god-is ]
/ ˈgɒd ɪs /


a female god or deity.
a woman of extraordinary beauty and charm.
a greatly admired or adored woman: a domestic goddess who hosts lavish dinner parties.

Nearby words

  1. goddard, robert h.,
  2. goddard, robert hutchings,
  3. goddaughter,
  4. godden,
  5. godden, rumer,
  6. godefroy de bouillon,
  7. godendag,
  8. goderich,
  9. godesberg,
  10. godet

Origin of goddess

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at God, -ess

Related formsgod·dess·hood, god·dess·ship, nounsu·per·god·dess, noun

Usage note

See -ess.

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British Dictionary definitions for goddess


/ (ˈɡɒdɪs) /


a female divinity
a woman who is adored or idealized, esp by a man
Derived Formsgoddesshood or goddess-ship, noun

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Word Origin and History for goddess



mid-14c., from god + fem. suffix -esse (see -ess). Of mortal women, by 1570s.

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