Meaning of “banshee” in the English Dictionary

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"banshee" in British English

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bansheenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbæn.ʃiː/ us /ˈbæn.ʃiː/

Examples from literature

  • He even believed,—or thought he believed,— in banshees. 
  • He marched his men up, with the thin wailing of a banshee in his ears. 
  • Long and lamentable, as the warning cry of the banshee, wailed the dreary blast. 
  • The west wind with an awful wail and roar rushed into the shack, carrying with it the fairies and the gnomes and the sprites and the banshees. 
  • Then Polly sewed, and told a story about a beautiful maiden in a lonely tower, and an old banshee that went about nights, howling, and knocking at folks' windows. 
  • There was a shrill scream from the banshee. 

(Definition of “banshee” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)