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priest·ess

 (prē′stĭs)
n.
A woman who presides over religious rites, especially in pagan religions.

priestess

(ˈpriːstɛs)
n
a female priest of a non-Christian religiona leading female exponent of a belief, movement, etc

priest•ess

(ˈpri stɪs)

n.
a woman who officiates in sacred rites.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.priestess - a woman priestpriestess - a woman priest      
priest - a clergyman in Christian churches who has the authority to perform or administer various religious rites; one of the Holy Orders
Translations
жрица
kněžka
papitar
papnő

priestess

[ˈpriːstɪs] Nsacerdotisa f
see also high D

priestess

[ˈpriːstɛs] nprêtresse f

priestess

nPriesterin f

priestess

[ˈpriːstɪs] nsacerdotessa
References in classic literature ?
His seeming rescue by a votaress of the high priestess of the sun had been but a part of the mimicry of their heathen ceremony--the sun looking down upon him through the opening at the top of the court had claimed him as his own, and the priestess had come from the inner temple to save him from the polluting hands of worldlings--to save him as a human offering to their flaming deity.
In the tones of a high priestess directing some religious mystery she says, holding the bundle toward you:
Before he extinguished the single candle he had brought with him for the purpose, and the flickering light of which had cast the first alleviating rays into the impenetrable darkness of the buried chamber, that it had known for the countless ages since it had lain forgotten of man, Tarzan's mind reverted to that first occasion upon which he had entered the treasure vault, coming upon it by chance as he fled from the pits beneath the temple, where he had been hidden by La, the High Priestess of the Sun Worshipers.
You remember our priestess mummy over in the mummy-room, and how we used to long to go and bring her out on nights like this?
From the hangings and sumptuous furniture of the room I judged it to be a living-room of some priestess, possibly of Issus herself.
As a skillful general, seeing the enemy ready to surrender, marches toward him with a cry of victory, she rose, beautiful as an antique priestess, inspired like a Christian virgin, her arms extended, her throat uncovered, her hair disheveled, holding with one hand her robe modestly drawn over her breast, her look illumined by that fire which had already created such disorder in the veins of the young Puritan, and went toward him, crying out with a vehement air, and in her melodious voice, to which on this occasion she communicated a terrible energy:
At the end of that time, as you know, she shall be discarded, as is the law among us, but not, as is usual, to lead a quiet and honored life as high priestess of some hallowed shrine.
and let no one slander Proteus and Thetis, neither let any one, either in tragedy or in any other kind of poetry, introduce Here disguised in the likeness of a priestess asking an alms
When they reached the temple of Minerva, lovely Theano, daughter of Cisseus and wife of Antenor, opened the doors, for the Trojans had made her priestess of Minerva.
It was the religion simply of the family laws, the religion of which her implacable little mother was the high priestess.
Mary could not help looking at the odd little priestess of humanity with something like admiration.
103) identified their maiden-goddess with Iphigeneia; but Euripides ("Iphigeneia in Tauris") makes her merely priestess of the goddess.