banshee


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ban·shee

also ban·shie  (băn′shē)
n.
A female spirit in Gaelic folklore believed to presage, by wailing, a death in a family.

[Irish Gaelic bean sídhe, woman of the fairies, banshee : bean, woman (from Old Irish ben; see gwen- in Indo-European roots) + sídhe, fairy (from Old Irish síde, genitive of síd, fairy mound; see sed- in Indo-European roots).]

banshee

(ˈbænʃiː; bænˈʃiː)
n
(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]

ban•shee

or ban•shie

(ˈbæn ʃi, bænˈʃi)

n.
(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]

banshee

An Irish word meaning woman of the fairies, used to mean a female spirit whose wail is a portent of death.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.banshee - (Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending deathbanshee - (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
Emerald Isle, Hibernia, Ireland - an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
disembodied spirit, spirit - any incorporeal supernatural being that can become visible (or audible) to human beings
Translations
Banshee
موجود وهمی شکل به شکل روح
Banshee

banshee

n (Ir Myth) → Banshee f, → Todesfee f; to scream like a bansheegespenstisch heulen
References in classic literature ?
A shell screaming like a storm banshee went over the huddled heads of the reserves.
With the passionate song of the bullets and the banshee shrieks of shells were mingled loud catcalls and bits of facetious advice concerning places of safety.
I talked to that banshee myself an hour ago, and I sent that banshee up to the tower and told her to sing out like that if she could get a glimpse of our friend writing his proclamation.
I suppose poor Nolan would have brought in his banshee and said it was supernaturally possible.
No curtain veils the darkness of the night, but the discoloured shutters are drawn together, and through the two gaunt holes pierced in them, famine might be staring in--the banshee of the man upon the bed.
A couple of years ago I had a seven-ton cutter-rigged yacht, the Banshee, and we ran over to Madeira from Falmouth.
It was the work of the banshee all right," muttered Brady.
In return for this mark of attention, Tom immediately walked upon his hands to the window, and--if the expression be allowable-- looked in with his shoes: besides rattling his feet upon the glass like a Banshee upside down.
I thought of hobgoblins and banshees, and will-o'-the-wisps, and those wicked girls who sit up all night on rocks, and lure people into whirl- pools and things; and I wished I had been a better man, and knew more hymns; and in the middle of these reflections I heard the blessed strains of "He's got `em on," played, badly, on a concertina, and knew that we were saved.
I have visited this castle many times with my children over the years and never once came across the banshee.
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Banshee Breeze raced in third until leading at the furlong marker, and drew clear to complete the extended mile trip in a solid 1min 42.