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ˈbæn ʃi, bænˈʃiban·shee

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. banshee, banshienoun

    (Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death


  1. bansheenoun

    In Irish folklore, a female spirit, usually taking the form of a woman whose mournful wailing warns of an impending death. Originally a fairy woman singing a caoineadh (lament) for recently-deceased members of the O'Grady, the O'Neill, the O'Brien, the O'Connor, and the Kavanagh families, translations into English made a distinction between the banshee and other fairy folk that the original language and original stories do not seem to have, and thus the current image of the banshee.

  2. Etymology: From bean sí, from ben síde. The term entered English in 1771.


  1. Banshee

    A banshee ( BAN-shee; Modern Irish bean sí, from Old Irish: ben síde [bʲen ˈʃiːðʲe], "woman of the fairy mound" or "fairy woman") is a female spirit in Irish folklore who heralds the death of a family member, usually by screaming, wailing, shrieking, or keening. Her name is connected to the mythologically important tumuli or "mounds" that dot the Irish countryside, which are known as síde (singular síd) in Old Irish.


  1. banshee

    A banshee is a mythical creature in Irish folklore, often depicted as a female spirit or fairy who heralds the death of a family member by wailing or shrieking. The term originates from the Gaelic words 'ban', which means woman, and 'sídhe', which refers to a supernatural being. The appearance of a banshee can vary, but she is often portrayed as either a beautiful or frightful old woman. The banshee's cry is considered an omen of death.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bansheenoun

    alt. of Banshie


  1. Banshee

    The banshee, from Irish: bean sí is a female spirit in Irish mythology, usually seen as an omen of death and a messenger from the Otherworld. In legend, a banshee is a fairy woman who begins to wail if someone is about to die. In Scottish Gaelic mythology, she is known as the bean sìth or bean-nighe and is seen washing the bloodstained clothes or armour of those who are about to die. Alleged sightings of banshees have been reported as recently as 1948. Similar beings are also found in Welsh, Norse and American folklore.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Banshee

    ban′shē, n. a female fairy in Ireland and elsewhere, who makes herself known by wailings and shrieks before a death in the particular family to which she is attached. [Ir. bean sídhe, Old Ir. ben síde, woman of the fairies.]

Etymology and Origins

  1. Banshee

    From the Gaelic bean sidhe, woman fairy.

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  1. has-been

  2. benshea

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of banshee in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of banshee in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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