a woman who practices sorcery; witch.


Origin of sorceress

1350–1400; Middle English < Anglo-French sorceresse, equivalent to sorcer (see sorcerer) + -esse -ess

Usage note

See -ess. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sorceress

Contemporary Examples of sorceress

Historical Examples of sorceress

  • Here the spell of one sorceress can straightway be offset by that of her sister.

    The Book of Khalid

    Ameen Rihani

  • "I thought the Sorceress of Rome was at the bottom of it," he said.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • "So horribly hideous, you would say," broke in the sorceress.


    Henry Morford

  • Thus spake the sorceress, and out she went to keep her word.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • And so, with all due solemnity, the sorceress went to her work.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

Word Origin and History for sorceress

late 14c., from Anglo-French sorceresse, from sorcer (see sorcerer).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper