Definition of banshee:
pagan deity (part of speech: noun)
- wood nymph,
" There's no banshee here.- "Fairies and Folk of Ireland", William Henry Frost.
- "Weighed and Wanting", George MacDonald.
The banshee, then, is said to be an immaterial and immortal being, attached, time out of mind, to various respectable and ancient families in Ireland, and is said always to appear to announce, by cries and lamentations, the death of any member of that family to which she belongs.- "Stories by English Authors: Ireland", Various.