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Meaning of "sibyl" in the English dictionary

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ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD SIBYL

Ultimately from Greek Sibulla, of obscure origin.
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Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance.
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PRONUNCIATION OF SIBYL

sibyl  [ˈsɪbɪl] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SIBYL

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Sibyl is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES SIBYL MEAN IN ENGLISH?

sibyl

Sibyl

The Sibyls were oracular women believed to possess prophetic powers in ancient Greece, The earliest Sibyls, ‘who admittedly are known only through legend,’ prophesied at certain holy sites, under the divine influence of a deity, originally—at Delphi and Pessinos—one of the chthonic deities. Later in antiquity, a number of sibyls are attested in various writers, in Greece and Italy, but also in the Levant and Asia Minor. The English word Sibyl comes — via the Old French Sibile and the Latin Sibylla — from the ancient Greek σίβυλλα, Varro derived the name from theobule, but modern philologists mostly propose an Old Italic or alternatively a Semitic etymology.

Definition of sibyl in the English dictionary

The definition of sibyl in the dictionary is any of a number of women believed to be oracles or prophetesses, one of the most famous being the sibyl of Cumae, who guided Aeneas through the underworld. Other definition of sibyl is a witch, fortune-teller, or sorceress.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH SIBYL


Arbil
ˈɑːbɪl
bill
bɪl
cranesbill
ˈkreɪnzˌbɪl
crossbill
ˈkrɒsˌbɪl
debile
ˈdebɪl
Erbil
ˈɜːbɪl
gerbil
ˈdʒɜːbɪl
handbill
ˈhændˌbɪl
hornbill
ˈhɔːnˌbɪl
Irbil
ˈɪəbɪl
labile
ˈleɪbɪl
playbill
ˈpleɪˌbɪl
razorbill
ˈreɪzəˌbɪl
rebill
riːˈbɪl
shoebill
ˈʃuːˌbɪl
spoonbill
ˈspuːnˌbɪl
thermolabile
ˌθɜːməʊˈleɪbɪl
waybill
ˈweɪˌbɪl

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SIBYL

sibilance
sibilancy
sibilant
sibilantly
sibilate
sibilation
sibilator
sibilatory
sibilous
Sibiu
sibling
sibling rivalry
sibship
sibylic
sibyllic
sibylline

WORDS THAT END LIKE SIBYL

acetyl
acyl
alkyl
aryl
benzyl
beryl
butyl
carbonyl
Chernobyl
dimethyl
ethyl
fentanyl
hwyl
hydroxyl
isopropyl
methyl
phenyl
polyvinyl
propenyl
vinyl

Synonyms and antonyms of sibyl in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

SYNONYMS OF «SIBYL»

The following words have a similar or identical meaning as «sibyl» and belong to the same grammatical category.
synonyms of sibyl

Translation of «sibyl» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SIBYL

Find out the translation of sibyl to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of sibyl from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «sibyl» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

女巫
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

sibila
570 millions of speakers

English

sibyl
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

सिबिल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

العرافة
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

сивилла
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

sibila
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

ভবিষ্যদ্বক্তী
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

sibylle
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sibyl
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Sibylle
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

シビル
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

무당
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Sibyl
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

Sibyl
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

வருவது உரைக்கும் பழங்கால பெண்
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

सिबिल
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

kadın peygamber
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

sibilla
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

Sybilla
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

Сивіла
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

Sibyl
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

Σίβυλλα
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

Sibyl
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

sibyl
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

Sibyl
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of sibyl

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SIBYL»

The term «sibyl» is regularly used and occupies the 80.579 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SIBYL» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «sibyl» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «sibyl» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about sibyl

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SIBYL»

Discover the use of sibyl in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to sibyl and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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The Sibyl
"A parable, rather than a novel in the ordinary sense of the term, The Sibyl is . . . a work of manifold meanings and unmistakable profundity, one that can neither be easily understood nor easily forgotten." —Granville Hicks, The New ...
Par Lagerkvist, 2011
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The Sibyl and Her Scribes: Manuscripts and Interpretation of ...
This book not only re-examines the Tiburtina as a vehicle for expressing contemporary political concerns triggered by crises thought to herald the End of the World, but offers a new approach by placing it, for the first time, in the context ...
Anke Holdenried, 2006
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The Sibyl Book: Our Lady Fetta ? Ish Hercule
THE SIBYL BOOK features a quirky, mysterious seer named Diana in two related novels about three men whose interlocked lives since college span three decades, culminating in the untimely death of one whose friendship inspired the happiness ...
Theodore Lyons, 2009
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On Civic Friendship: Including Women in the State
Schwarzenbach also distinguishes civic friendship from feminist calls for public care, arguing that friendship, unlike care, not only is reciprocal but also seeks to establish and maintain equality.
Sibyl A. Schwarzenbach, 2013
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Crystal Ball: Stones, Amulets, And Talismans For Power, ...
In Crystal Ball, Sibyl Ferguson offers a concise and accurate account of the history and the art of using crystal balls, or "shewstones", as they were called in the Bible, as a tool for enhancing daily life.
Sibyl Ferguson, 2005
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The drawing-room sibyl (poetical extracts).
Drawing-room sibyl M J P. Her bearing modest is, and fair, Yet shadows of constraint are there, That show an over-cautious care Some inward thought to hide. Bridal of Triermain. 70 A modest maid, deck'd with a blush of honour, Whose feet ...
Drawing-room sibyl, M J P, 1855
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The Sibyl: A Voice in the Borderlands
Alternating with the academic text are letters addressed to the Sibyl that represent fragments of this author's spiritual memoir, reflecting upon personal experiences of life in the borderlands between Judaism and Christianity.
Ruth Bernadette Melon, 2009
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A survey of musical instruments
For librarians and for music lovers.
Sibyl Marcuse, 1975
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Where the Stories Come From: Beginning to Write Fiction
Where the Stories Come From defines basic terms in creative writing and explains the fundamentals of character, plot, point of view, verb tense, narrative structure, setting, dialogue, subtext, and theme.
Sibyl Johnston, 2002
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The Sibyl Sanderson story: requiem for a diva
A great read for opera romantics of all generations and a true story with all the drama of period fiction, this biography is enhanced by Jack Winsor Hansen's complete access to the Sanderson family archives and decades of dedicated research ...
Jack Winsor Hansen, 2005

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SIBYL»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term sibyl is used in the context of the following news items.
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The ardour of Sibyl
She was sometimes glimpsed from passing trams: the smeared tram window, dumpling cafes, discount shops, the grey street beyond – and a woman walking in ... «The Saturday Paper, Jul 15»
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Head of entertainment partnerships, Facebook For hooking …
Thanks to Sibyl Goldman, Twitter is no longer the only one with star power. She's changed celebrities' perception of the social network from that of a stodgy, ... «Fast Company, May 15»
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Sophie and the Sibyl by Patricia Duncker review – an audience with …
Patricia Duncker's Sibyl is George Eliot, but this is far from a straightforward trot ... Sophie and the Sibyl lies somewhere between the two, with a dash of Edith ... «The Guardian, May 15»
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Review: 'Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag,' by Sibyl Kempson
In the giddily frantic semi-solo show “Crime or Emergency” and the untranslatable Halloween chiller “Ich, Kürbisgeist,” the playwright, performer and director ... «New York Times, May 15»
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Patricia Duncker: Sophie And The Sibyl (Bloomsbury
If she is, then Patricia Duncker has been more daring than most, in seeking to capture the woman known as 'the Sibyl', and her daring has paid off superbly. «Herald Scotland, May 15»
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Sibyl Kempson to Launch New Company With LET US NOW …
Abrons Arts Center and 7 Daughters of Eve Thtr. & Perf. Co. are pleased to present the world premiere of Sibyl Kempson's Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag ... «Broadway World, Apr 15»
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World Premiere of Sibyl Kempson's Let Us Now Praise Susan …
Sibyl Kempson is the author of Let Us Now Praise Susan Sontag, which will make its world premiere at Abrons Arts Center. (© Cathryn Lynne). Abrons Arts ... «TheaterMania.com, Apr 15»
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Sophie and the Sibyl by Patricia Duncker, book review: Neo …
Patricia Duncker is a novelist who's always tempered her fiction with a heavy dose of fact, and Sophie and the Sibyl is no exception. Indeed, as she admits in the ... «The Independent, Apr 15»
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The Model Who Exemplified Grunge Style
When Sibyl Buck first moved to Paris in 1991 to work as a model, she looked, as she describes it, pretty much the same as all the other girls: long brown hair, ... «New York Magazine, Apr 15»
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Sibyl Kempson to Launch New Theatre Company 7 Daughters of …
Join us for a day with American mercurial and shape shifting playwright Sibyl Kempson for the official and spiritual launch of her latest adventure: her brand new ... «Broadway World, Apr 15»

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« EDUCALINGO. Sibyl [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/sibyl>. May 2019 ».
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