empress

noun
em·​press | \ ˈem-prəs How to pronounce empress (audio) \

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

the Emperor and Empress of Japan Catherine the Great was Empress of Russia.
Recent Examples on the Web And so, the empress is cast aside to forge her own path in the Russian court. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'The Great' Star Elle Fanning Drops Serious Season 2 Episode Details and We're Freaking Out," 12 Feb. 2021 Perhaps season 2 will pick up with the empress well into her pregnancy and fans will discover who the baby's father is. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'The Great' Star Elle Fanning Drops Serious Season 2 Episode Details and We're Freaking Out," 12 Feb. 2021 There aren’t many movies like Promising Young Woman, the dark comedy and thriller starring Carey Mulligan as the blonde empress of revenge. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Promising Young Woman," 18 Jan. 2021 There aren’t many movies like Promising Young Woman, the dark comedy and thriller starring Carey Mulligan as the blonde empress of revenge. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Promising Young Woman," 18 Jan. 2021 There aren’t many movies like Promising Young Woman, the dark comedy and thriller starring Carey Mulligan as the blonde empress of revenge. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Promising Young Woman," 18 Jan. 2021 From the first woman elected chief of a major Native American tribe to the last empress of China, these women are rulebreakers, daredevils, tough leaders, freedom fighters and free lovers. Smithsonian Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, "Twenty-Five of Our Favorite Stories From 2020," 21 Dec. 2020 There aren’t many movies like Promising Young Woman, the dark comedy and thriller starring Carey Mulligan as the blonde empress of revenge. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Promising Young Woman Has An Even More Promising (& Dark) Soundtrack," 12 Nov. 2020 For Brooke Astor’s 100th birthday the guest list included Michael Bloomberg, Barbara Walters, the Iranian empress Farah Pahlavi, Alan Greenspan, and Henry Kissinger. Francesco Lagnese, Town & Country, "Farewell to a Fifth Avenue Home Famed for Its Old World Elegance and Charm," 23 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of empress

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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“Empress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/empress. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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empress

noun

English Language Learners Definition of empress

: the wife or widow of an emperor
: a woman who rules an empire

empress

noun
em·​press | \ ˈem-prəs How to pronounce empress (audio) \

Kids Definition of empress

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

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