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[sawr-ser-is] /ˈsɔr sər ɪs/
a woman who practices sorcery; witch.
Origin of sorceress
1350-1400; Middle English < Anglo-French sorceresse, equivalent to sorcer (see sorcerer) + -esse -ess
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sorceress
  • My slinky sorceress' robe will have a chain mail foundation garment, at minimum.
  • It's interesting to get a sense of how the sorceress herself envisions her creations.
  • The archers had quitted it to pursue their search for the sorceress in the city.
  • He refuses, whereupon she calls upon her skills as a sorceress.
  • Her vocal talents make her a powerful sorceress and a villain's target.
  • Are thine, fair sorceress, who thus hast given back the dead.
  • The trio encounters a powerful druid sorceress, scandals, and intrigue.
  • She is revealed to be a sorceress and the stolen bride who originally started the feud.
British Dictionary definitions for sorceress


a person who seeks to control and use magic powers; a wizard or magician
Word Origin
C16: from Old French sorcier, from Vulgar Latin sortiārius (unattested) caster of lots, from Latin sors lot
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Word Origin and History for sorceress

late 14c., from Anglo-French sorceresse, from sorcer (see sorcerer).

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