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 Set in the aftermath of the empress’s overthrow of Peter III, her husband, in 1762 the series was an earnest costume drama starring a grande dame of British acting, Helen Mirren. The Economist, "Ahistorical screen dramas In a new breed of stories, the past is a playground, not a corset," 6 Mar. 2021 The empress of the Evergreen Festival is Miranda Cryer, who, as fearlessly played by Sharon Lawrence, is a Karen on steroids. Los Angeles Times, "Review: In ‘The Gaze ... No Homo,’ a Black and queer actor navigates the white theater world," 6 Mar. 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 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

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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 17 May. 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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