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 of empress from the Web
The eighteenth-century German princess became empress of Russia and transformed it into one of Europe’s great powers.
Elagabalus was crowned emperor of the Roman empire in the third century, but insisted that subjects use the term empress and dressed as a woman.
But Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has remained tight-lipped on the issue, firmly ruling out any discussion this time around on constitutional changes regarding the viability of potential empresses.
Her great-grandmother was a first cousin of Napoleon’s empress.
According to a recent Kyodo News survey, 86 percent of Japanese citizens would support a female empress, while 62 percent would support allowing female members of the imperial family to remain royal after marriage.
Most of these women were regents for their underage sons at some point, Sarah Shaver Hughes and Brady Hughes write in Women’s History in Global Perspective, but six empresses went on to rule alone.
A public announcement would come first, then a wedding date would be set and then the couple will make a formal report to the emperor and empress.
Empress of the Seas will then offer voyages to Havana for the winter 2018-2019 season from Fort Lauderdale.
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Origin and Etymology of empress
Middle English emperice, from Anglo-French, feminine of emperur emperor
First Known Use: 12th centurySee Words from the same year
EMPRESS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of empress for English Language Learners
: the wife or widow of an emperor
: a woman who rules an empire
EMPRESS Defined for Kids
Definition of empress for Students
1 : a woman who rules an empire
2 : the wife of an emperor
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