Definition of banshee noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//bænˈʃiː//
; NAmE NAmE//bænˈʃiː//
; BrE BrE//ˈbænʃiː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbænʃiː//
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(in Irish stories) a female spirit who gives a long sad cry as a warning to people that somebody in their family is going to die soon Word Originlate 17th cent.: from Irish bean sídhe, from Old Irish ben síde ‘woman of the fairies’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: banshee