Definition of sibyl in English:

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sibyl

Pronunciation: /ˈsib(ə)l/

noun

1A woman in ancient times supposed to utter the oracles and prophecies of a god.
Example sentences
  • Looking on are the prophets and sibyls, the mysterious seers of man's tragedy.
  • They inquire of ancient apocalyptic books and oracles, of sibyls and divines, who remembered the future and predicted it in the past: an exercise in retroactive foresight.
  • Droitture explains that her first stones are the sibyls and female prophets; as exemplars of prudent wisdom and fore - sight, they demonstrate that God has entrusted his secrets to faithful and devoted women.
1.1 literary A woman able to foretell the future.

Origin

From Old French Sibile or medieval Latin Sibilla, via Latin from Greek Sibulla.

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Syllabification: sib·yl

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