WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
ban•shee /ˈbænʃi/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [countable], pl.-shees. (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.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
ban•shee  (banshē, ban shē),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. (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.
Also,  banshie. 
  • Irish bean sīdhe woman of a fairy mound; see sídh
  • 1765–75


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

banshee /ˈbænʃiː; bænˈʃiː/ n
  1. (in Irish folklore) a female spirit whose wailing warns of impending death
Etymology: 18th Century: from Irish Gaelic bean sídhe, literally: woman of the fairy mound



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