priestess

[ pree-stis ]
/ ˈpri stɪs /
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noun

a woman who officiates in sacred rites.

Origin of priestess

First recorded in 1685–95; priest + -ess

Usage note

See -ess.
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priestess


n.

1690s, from priest + -ess. Earlier was priestress (late 15c.).

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