from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of a number of women regarded as oracles or prophets by the ancient Greeks and Romans.
- n. A woman prophet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A pagan female oracle or prophetess, especially the Cumaean sibyl.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A woman supposed to be endowed with a spirit of prophecy.
- n. A female fortune teller; a pythoness; a prophetess.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In anc. myth., one of certain women reputed to possess special powers of prophecy or divination and intercession with the gods in behalf of those who resorted to them.
- n. Hence An old woman professing to be a prophetess or fortune-teller; a sorceress.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (ancient Rome) a woman who was regarded as an oracle or prophet
- n. a woman who tells fortunes
Middle English sibile, from Old French, from Latin Sibylla, from Greek Sibulla.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin Sibylla, from Ancient Greek Σίβυλλα. (Wiktionary)