American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A woman who presides over religious rites, especially in pagan religions.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A woman who officiates in sacred rites.
- n. The wife or concubine of a priest.
- n. A woman with religious duties and responsibilities.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A woman who officiated in sacred rites among pagans.
- n. a woman priest
“All three books pass the Bechdel test, if we allow it to apply to female aliens: Melein, a mri priestess, is one of the key characters and she confronts other priestesses at several crucial points (notably the climax of the second book).”
“A priestess is like a minister or clergyperson, but is of the Pagan persuasion, or, more baldly, a worshiper of Nature and especially the Earth.”
“T PAU - after a high priestess from the planet VULCAN in the American TV series STAR TREK ...”
“During the neverending arguments about women priests even the women concerned were mostly scrupulous about not using the ‘pagan’ term priestess, extraordinary misrepresentations of Jesus' followers were cited as ‘proof’ that women were not meant to be members of the clergy.”
“Kusama, 82, is known as the 'priestess of polka dots' and her career is being celebrated in a major retrospective at Tate Modern.”
“The rest of us, not on the rag, had to sit inside the tarps while our priestess (we also called her a "priestess" -- I can hardly believe it as I write) poured Colorado River water on heated rocks, and some one we called "Miss Manners" beat a drum.”
“7: 15 AM — Golden Dawn (1930) An adventurer falls for a woman destined to be the virgin priestess for an African tribe.”
“Who would serve the Goddess?" called the priestess, shaking the bells again.”
“It was in 1931 that D.H. Lawrence published his last novella, The Man who Died, in which Jesus survives the cross and finds true redemption through the sex act with Mary Magdalene, who is clearly identified as a priestess of Isis.”
“Looking first at Chios, then at Judah, she spoke not a word, and her eyes were filled with tears as she learned a greater than Diana was there, and the priestess was a broken reed.”
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