from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An apparition of a living person that appears as a portent just before that person's death.
- n. The ghost of a dead person.
- n. Something shadowy and insubstantial.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A ghost or specter, especially seen just after a person's death.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An apparition of a person in his exact likeness, seen before death, or a little after; hence, an apparition; a specter; a vision; an unreal image.
- n. Sometimes, improperly, a spirit thought to preside over the waters; -- called also water wraith.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An apparition in the exact likeness of a person, supposed to be seen before or soon after the person's death; in general, a visible spirit; a specter; a ghost.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mental representation of some haunting experience
Banquo's wraith, which is invisible to all but Macbeth, is the haunting of an evil conscience.
It is not her own betrothal, but mine with Winnie's wraith, that is deluding her crazy brain.
* This in the North of Ireland is called wraith, as in
When next we see Dean, he is standing in the hallway, monitoring the mirror where he expects to see the true reflection of the wraith, which is the monster that’s been killing people.
The 'wraith' of a small box whose image was out at the right, appeared above the other image off at the left and it was turned with a corner to the front.
 The word "wraith" is here used in an obviously inexact sense; but the wraith seemed to be the nearest equivalent in English mythology to the Scandinavian "fylgie," an attendant spirit, often regarded as a sort of emanation from the person it accompanied, and sometimes (as in this case) typifying that person's moral attributes.
Those writers probably mean "wraith," a ghost or spectral figure seen by a dying person, though there will be no convincing them of that.
Loads of good stuff in there and a good post from 'wraith' a coupla pages back, too.
There is nothing on the stage that doesn't look elegant, and there are moments a flimsy dress hovers in the air like a wraith that shimmer into beauty.
Dreamily smiling old people shuffled past with their walkers, one of them a twisted wraith, half-carried by a female nurse who had biceps the size of Allen's thigh.