[ sey-ahns ]
/ ˈseɪ ɑns /


a meeting in which a spiritualist attempts to communicate with the spirits of the dead.
a session or sitting, as of a class or organization.

Origin of séance

1795–1805; < French: session, equivalent to sé-, base of seoir to sit1 (< Latin sedēre) + -ance -ance

Can be confused

science séance
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/ (ˈseɪɑ̃ns, -ɑːns) /


a meeting at which spiritualists attempt to receive messages from the spirits of the dead
a meeting of a society

Word Origin for seance

C19: from French, literally: a sitting, from Old French seoir to sit, from Latin sedēre
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