Meaning of “witch” in the English Dictionary

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"witch" in British English

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witchnoun [ C ]

uk /wɪtʃ/ us /wɪtʃ/

C1 a woman who is believed to have magical powers and who uses them to harm or help other people:

a witch on a broomstick
Witches were persecuted all over western Europe from the 15th to the 17th century, as it was claimed that they had dealings with the Devil.

informal disapproving an unpleasant and ugly woman

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  • In the story, a wicked witch put a curse on the princess for 100 years.
  • The witch put a magic spell on the prince and turned him into a frog.
  • The central character is a malevolent witch out for revenge.
  • The witch cast/put a spell on the prince and he turned into a frog.
  • Of course, in the end, the wicked witch gets killed.

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

"witch" in American English

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witchnoun [ C ]

us /wɪtʃ/

a woman who is believed to have magical powers and, esp. in stories, uses them to help or harm people

(Definition of “witch” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)