siren - definition and synonyms

 
noun [countable] 

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/ˈsaɪrən/
singularsiren
pluralsirens
  1. 1

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    a piece of equipment that makes a loud sound, used for warning people
  2. 2
    a creature in ancient Greek stories that sang to sailors in order to make them sail towards rocks and crash
    1. a.
      mainly journalism a beautiful but dangerous woman
Word story
Sirens were generally described as a combination of woman and bird. In Homer’s Odyssey, Odysseus orders his men to tie him to the mast so he can hear the Sirens’ song and not die.