Definition: Goddess

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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)

  1. A female deity.
    In Norse mythology, Freyja was the goddess of fertility.
  2. A woman honored or adored as physically attractive or of superior charm and intelligence.
  3. A woman of substantial authority or influence.
    Cher is often called the goddess of pop music.

Derived terms

  • demigoddess
  • goddesship
  • goddesshood
  • goddesslike
  • goddessly
  • goddessship


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