enchantress vs siren what difference

what is difference between enchantress and siren


Alternative forms

  • enchauntress, inchantress (both obsolete)


From Middle English enchaunteresse, from Old French enchanteresse.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ɪnˈtʃæntɹɪs/, /ɛnˈtʃæntɹɪs/, /-ɹəs/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪnˈtʃɑːntɹɪs/, /ɛnˈtʃɑːntɹɪs/, /-ɹəs/


enchantress (plural enchantresses, masculine enchanter)

  1. A woman, especially an attractive one, skilled at using magic; an alluring witch.
  2. A beautiful, charming and irresistible woman.
    She was the enchantress of men’s hearts.
  3. A femme fatale.
    His desire for that enchantress led him to financial ruin!


  • (alluring witch): siren, sorceress
  • (beautiful woman): See Thesaurus:beautiful woman
  • (femme fatale): See Thesaurus:vamp



Alternative forms

  • sirene (dated or archaic)


From Middle English siren, from Old French sereine and Latin Sīrēn, Sīrēna, from Ancient Greek Σειρήν (Seirḗn). The mammalian sense was first attested in French in Dominique Bouhours, Les entretiens d’Ariste et d’Eugène, in 1671. The aquatic salamander sense was originally introduced by Linnaeus in 1766, for a genus of his reptiles.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsaɪəɹən/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsaɪɹən/
  • Rhymes: -aɪəɹən, -aɪɹən


siren (plural sirens or sirenes)

  1. (Greek mythology) One of a group of nymphs who lured mariners to their death on the rocks.
  2. One who sings sweetly and charms.
  3. A dangerously seductive woman.
  4. (biology) A member of an order of mammals of Sirenia.
  5. (biology) A member of a genus of aquatic salamanders of the family Sirenidae, commonly used for all species subsumed under the family of Sirenidae.
  6. (entomology) Any of various nymphalid butterflies of the genus Hestina.
  7. A device, either mechanical or electronic, that makes a piercingly loud sound as an alarm or signal, or the sound from such a device (first recorded 1879).
    • 1984, Steve Harris, “Aces High”, Iron Maiden, Powerslave.
  8. (music) A musical instrument, one of the few aerophones in the percussion section of the symphony orchestra (patented as Acme Siren in 1895).
  9. An instrument for demonstrating the laws of beats and combination tones.
  10. (astronomy, astrophysics) An astrophysical event that can be used for calculating cosmic distances.


  • (one who sings sweetly and charms): crooner
  • (dangerously seductive woman): See Thesaurus:vamp
  • (device for making a sound alarm): klaxon

Derived terms

  • siren song
  • siren suit
  • sirenian
  • sirenic



siren (third-person singular simple present sirens, present participle sirening, simple past and past participle sirened)

  1. To make a noise with, or as if with, a siren.



  1. Relating to or like a siren.
    Synonyms: bewitching, enchanting, enticing, sirenic


  • Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967


  • ESRIN, Isner, Neris, Reins, Rines, Siner, reins, resin, rines, rinse, risen, serin



siren (Cyrillic spelling сирен)

  1. masculine singular passive past participle of siriti

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