From Middle English goddesse, equivalent to god + -ess, formed about 1350. The figurative meaning is first found in Spenser's Shepheardes calender (1579). Displaced Old English gyden.
goddess (plural goddesses)
- A female deity.
- A woman honored or adored as physically attractive or of superior charm and intelligence.
- A woman of substantial authority or influence.
- Cher is often called the goddess of pop music.
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