[ pahy-thuh-nis, pith-uh- ]
/ ˈpaɪ θə nɪs, ˈpɪθ ə- /


a woman believed to be possessed by a soothsaying spirit, as the priestess of Apollo at Delphi.
a woman who practices divination.

Origin of pythoness

1325–75; python2 + -ess; replacing Middle English phytonesse < Middle French

usage note for pythoness

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

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British Dictionary definitions for pythoness

/ (ˈpaɪθəˌnɛs) /


a woman, such as Apollo's priestess at Delphi, believed to be possessed by an oracular spirit
a female soothsayer

Word Origin for pythoness

C14 phitonesse, ultimately from Greek Puthōn Python
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