[ sib-uhl ]
/ ˈsɪb əl /


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

Nearby words

  1. sibiu,
  2. sibling,
  3. sibling species,
  4. sibship,
  5. sibuyan sea,
  6. sibylla,
  7. sibyllic,
  8. sibylline,
  9. sibylline books,
  10. sic

Origin of sibyl

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


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

Word Origin for sibyl

C13: ultimately from Greek Sibulla, of obscure origin

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Word Origin and History for sibyl



"woman supposed to possess powers of prophecy, female soothsayer," c.1200, from Old French sibile, from Latin Sibylla, from Greek Sibylla, name for any of several prophetesses consulted by ancient Greeks and Romans, of uncertain origin. Said to be from Doric Siobolla, from Attic Theoboule "divine wish."

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