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.

Nearby words

  1. são tomé and príncipe,
  2. são vicente,
  3. sève,
  4. sèvres,
  5. sèvres ware,
  6. sémillon,
  7. sérac,
  8. sévigné,
  9. sévigné, marie de rabutin-chantal, marquise de,
  10. sézary cell

Origin of séance

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

Can be confusedscience séance

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British Dictionary definitions for seance




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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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.

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