empress

noun em·press \ ˈem-prəs \
Updated on: 2 May 2018

Definition of empress

1 : the wife or widow of an emperor
2 : a woman who is the sovereign or supreme monarch of an empire

Examples of empress in a Sentence

  1. the Emperor and Empress of Japan

  2. Catherine the Great was Empress of Russia.

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Origin and Etymology of empress

Middle English emperice, emperes (with assimilation of the suffix to -esse -ess), borrowed from Anglo-French emperice, empereis, going back to Late Latin imperātrīc-, imperātrīx (Latin, "female general [used ironically]"), from Latin imperāre "to give orders, exercise authority, hold political power" + -trīc-, -trīx, feminine agent suffix — more at emperor


EMPRESS Defined for English Language Learners

empress

Definition of empress for English Language Learners

  • : the wife or widow of an emperor

  • : a woman who rules an empire


EMPRESS Defined for Kids

empress

noun em·press \ ˈem-prəs \

Definition of empress for Students

1 : a woman who rules an empire
2 : the wife of an emperor


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