- 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
Examples from the Web for seance
This is the first seance I have ever taken part in, but I must believe now.'Echoes of the War
J. M. Barrie
The seance is of old and elder men, of whom Socrates is the youngest.Laches
Then followed the usual sort of thing which follows at this sort of seance.Galusha the Magnificent
Joseph C. Lincoln
When Old Stone Face had been staring at them during the seance—seance?Sense from Thought Divide
Mark Irvin Clifton
At the termination of the seance, the spirit-voice said, 'We are going'.Myth, Ritual, and Religion, Vol. 1
- a meeting at which spiritualists attempt to receive messages from the spirits of the dead
- a meeting of a society
Word Origin and History for seance
1789, "sitting, session," as of a learned society, from French séance "a sitting," from seoir "to sit," from Latin sedere (see sedentary). Meaning "spiritualistic session" first recorded 1845.