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[en-chan-tris, -chahn-] /ɛnˈtʃæn trɪs, -ˈtʃɑn-/
a woman who practices magic; sorceress.
an irresistibly charming or fascinating woman:
an enchantress who breaks men's hearts.
Origin of enchantress
1325-75; Middle English enchanteresse < Anglo-French, Middle French. See enchanter, -ess
1. witch, siren. 2. seductress, temptress, vamp, charmer.
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The king looked at Wilhelmine, and could find no evidence of this in the fresh, smiling countenance of his enchantress.

    Goethe and Schiller L. Mhlbach
  • Frigga knew about Groa and she praised the enchantress for what she had done.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • He resolved to mend his ways and shun the too fascinating society of the enchantress.

    A Coin of Edward VII Fergus Hume
  • Then, drinking off all the wine, he looked the enchantress calmly in the face.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Whereupon, in desperation, Glaucus sought the aid of Circe, an enchantress.

  • "It is only a sleeping potion," said the enchantress to Prince Jason.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • And with a most radiant smile, the enchantress leans over the young man and presses a long kiss upon his mouth.

  • And anyhow, no doubt all the best cabins on the enchantress Isis were taken.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • The enchantress's gig lay near the steps, but her crew had not arrived, although Macallister had waited half an hour for them.

    The Coast of Adventure Harold Bindloss
Word Origin and History for enchantress

late 14c., "witch," from enchanter + -ess. Meaning "charming woman" is from 1713.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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