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priestess

[pree-stis] /ˈpri stɪs/
noun
1.
a woman who officiates in sacred rites.
Origin
1685-1695
1685-95; priest + -ess
Usage note
See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for priestess

priest

/priːst/
noun
1.
(Christianity) a person ordained to act as a mediator between God and man in administering the sacraments, preaching, blessing, guiding, etc
2.
(in episcopal Churches) a minister in the second grade of the hierarchy of holy orders, ranking below a bishop but above a deacon
3.
a minister of any religion
4.
(Judaism) a descendant of the family of Aaron who has certain privileges in the synagogue service
5.
(in some non-Christian religions) an official who offers sacrifice on behalf of the people and performs other religious ceremonies
6.
(sometimes capital) a variety of fancy pigeon having a bald pate with a crest or peak at the back of the head
7.
(angling) a small club used to kill fish caught
verb (transitive)
8.
to make a priest; ordain
related
adjective hieratic
Derived Forms
priestlike, adjective
Word Origin
Old English prēost, apparently from presbyter; related to Old High German prēster, Old French prestre
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Word Origin and History for priestess
n.

1690s, from priest + -ess. Earlier was priestress (late 15c.).

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