empress

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noun em·press \ˈem-prəs\

Definition of empress

  1. 1 :  the wife or widow of an emperor

  2. 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.

Origin and Etymology of empress

Middle English emperice, from Anglo-French, feminine of emperur emperor


First Known Use: 12th century


EMPRESS Defined for English Language Learners

empress

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noun em·press \ˈem-prəs\

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

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noun em·press \ˈem-prəs\

Definition of empress for Students

  1. 1 :  a woman who rules an empire

  2. 2 :  the wife of an emperor



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