The definition of banshee means a mythological female spirit who cries to warn of an upcoming death.(noun)
An example of a banshee is a ghost who enters a house wailing as a warning.
See banshee in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: Ir bean sidhe < bean, woman (see gyno-) + sith, fairy
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Origin: Irish Gaelic bean sídhe, woman of the fairies, banshee
Origin: : bean, woman (from Old Irish ben; see gwen- in Indo-European roots)
Origin: + sídhe, fairy (from Old Irish síde, genitive of síd, fairy mound; see sed- in Indo-European roots).
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