Sibyl

or Sib·ylle

[sib-uh l]
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British Dictionary definitions for sibylle

sibyl

noun
  1. (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
  2. 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 sibylle

sibyl

n.

"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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