[ sib-uhl ]
/ ˈsɪb əl /


any of certain women of antiquity reputed to possess powers of prophecy or divination.
a female prophet or witch.

Origin of sibyl

1250–1300; < Greek Síbylla Sibylla; replacing Middle English Sibil < Medieval Latin Sibilla < Greek, as above

Definition for sibyl (2 of 2)


or Sib·ylle

[ sib-uh l ]
/ ˈsɪb əl /


a female given name. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sibyl


/ (ˈsɪbɪl) /


(in ancient Greece and Rome) any of a number of women believed to be oracles or prophetesses, one of the most famous being the sibyl of Cumae, who guided Aeneas through the underworld
a witch, fortune-teller, or sorceress

Derived Forms

sibylline (ˈsɪbɪˌlaɪn, sɪˈbɪlaɪn) or sibyllic or sibylic (sɪˈbɪlɪk), adjective

Word Origin for sibyl

C13: ultimately from Greek Sibulla, of obscure origin
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