Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A woman who presides over religious rites, especially in pagan religions.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A woman who officiates in sacred rites.
  • noun The wife or concubine of a priest.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A woman who officiated in sacred rites among pagans.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A woman with religious duties and responsibilities.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a woman priest

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Examples

  • 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.

    Archive 2008-11-01

  • 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.

    A Wedding Ceremony

  • 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).

    Look outside!

  • T PAU - after a high priestess from the planet VULCAN in the American TV series STAR TREK ...

    Boing Boing

  • 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.

    The Templar Revelation

  • 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.

    The Templar Revelation

  • Kusama, 82, is known as the 'priestess of polka dots' and her career is being celebrated in a major retrospective at Tate Modern.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph

  • Kusama, 82, is known as the 'priestess of polka dots' and her career is being celebrated in a major retrospective at Tate Modern.

    Telegraph.co.uk - Telegraph online, Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph

  • 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.

    E. Jean Carroll: Sweat Lodges Are Sitting Bull

  • 7: 15 AM — Golden Dawn (1930) An adventurer falls for a woman destined to be the virgin priestess for an African tribe.

    2005 December : Scrubbles.net

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