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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • By this time the consternation in the enemy's camp was all that the sorceress could desire.

  • "I thought the sorceress of Rome was at the bottom of it," he said.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • In utter misery Dido, on pretext of burning all Æneas' love-gifts, prepares a pyre and summons a sorceress.

  • The sorceress was thoughtful for a time, considering the consequences of her loss.

    The Lost Princess of Oz L. Frank Baum
  • A sorceress because she affirmed she heard what she did hear!

  • If the sorceress is still in Notre-Dame, must she be seized in spite of the sanctuary?

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • "Blaspheme not, sorceress," shouted the old man; and the evidence commenced.

    The Lady Of Blossholme H. Rider Haggard
  • The archers had quitted it to track the sorceress in the city.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
Word Origin and History for sorceress

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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