[ prof-i-tis ]
/ ˈprɒf ɪ tɪs /


a woman who speaks for God or a deity, or by divine inspiration.
a woman who foretells future events.
a woman who is aspokesperson of some doctrine, cause, or movement.
the wife or female companion of a prophet.

Nearby words

  1. prophage,
  2. prophase,
  3. prophecy,
  4. prophesy,
  5. prophet,
  6. prophetic,
  7. prophets,
  8. prophylactic,
  9. prophylactic treatment,
  10. prophylaxis

Origin of prophetess

1250–1300; Middle English prophetesse < Old French < Late Latin prophētissa. See prophet, -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for prophetess



c.1300, from prophet + -ess.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper