prima donna

noun pri·ma don·na \ˌpri-mə-ˈdä-nə, ˌprē-\

: the main female singer in an opera company

: a person who thinks she or he is better than everyone else and who does not work well as part of a team or group

plural prima donnas

Full Definition of PRIMA DONNA

:  a principal female singer in an opera or concert organization
:  a vain or undisciplined person who finds it difficult to work under direction or as part of a team

Examples of PRIMA DONNA

  1. The actress is a temperamental prima donna.
  2. We are looking for team players, not prima donnas.


Italian, literally, first lady
First Known Use: 1782

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue


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