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 donnaplural
1 : a principal female singer in an opera or concert organization
2 : a vain or undisciplined person who finds it difficult to work under direction or as part of a team
Examples of prima donna in a sentence
The actress is a temperamental prima donna.
We are looking for team players, not prima donnas.
Origin and Etymology of prima donna
Italian, literally, first lady
First Known Use: 1782
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