See also: 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.

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goddess (plural goddesses)

  1. (religion) A female deity.
  2. (figuratively) A woman honored or adored as physically attractive or of superior charm and intelligence.
    • 2014, Mary Castillo, Caridad Pineiro Scordato, Berta Platas, Friday Night Chicas: Sexy Stories from La Noche, page 216:
      The girls who had tormented me in high school had fallen, hard, from their pedestals. The cheerleader goddesses were Wal-Mart moms, wearing enough eyeliner and dark shadow to supply a Goth nightclub for a month.
  3. (figuratively) A woman of substantial authority or influence.

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