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prima donna

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

Simple Definition of prima donna

  • : 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

Full Definition of prima donna

plural prima donnas

  1. 1 :  a principal female singer in an opera or concert organization

  2. 2 :  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.



Origin of prima donna

Italian, literally, first lady


First Known Use: 1782


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