banshee(redirected from Bean síth)
Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Encyclopedia.
ban·sheealso ban·shie (băn′shē)
A female spirit in Gaelic folklore believed to presage, by wailing, a death in a family.
(European Myth & Legend) (in Irish folklore) a female spirit whose wailing warns of impending death
[C18: from Irish Gaelic bean sídhe, literally: woman of the fairy mound]
or ban•shie(ˈbæn ʃi, bænˈʃi)
(in Irish folklore) a spirit in the form of a wailing woman who appears to or is heard by members of a family as a sign that one of them is about to die.
[1765–75; < Irish bean sídhe literally, woman of a fairy mound; see sídh]
An Irish word meaning woman of the fairies, used to mean a female spirit whose wail is a portent of death.
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||banshee - (Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death|
folklore - the unwritten lore (stories and proverbs and riddles and songs) of a culture