prima donna

noun
pri·​ma don·​na | \ ˌpri-mə-ˈdä-nə How to pronounce prima donna (audio) , ˌprē- \
plural prima donnas

Definition of prima donna

1 : a principal female singer in an opera or concert organization
2 : a vain or undisciplined person who finds it difficult to work under direction or as part of a team

Examples of prima donna in a Sentence

The actress is a temperamental prima donna. We are looking for team players, not prima donnas.
Recent Examples on the Web But Mira turns out to be far less of a prima donna than her fellow actors, as Vikander’s subtle, sensitive performance gradually reveals. Los Angeles Times, 25 July 2022 Burly and a little unkempt, Madden earned a place in America’s heart with a likable, unpretentious style that was refreshing in a sports world of spiraling salaries and prima donna stars. Josh Dubow, ajc, 29 Dec. 2021 Burly and a little unkempt, Madden earned a place in America’s heart with a likable, unpretentious style that was refreshing in a sports world of spiraling salaries and prima donna stars. Josh Dubow, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Dec. 2021 Burly and a little unkempt, Madden earned a place in America’s heart with a likable, unpretentious style that was refreshing in a sports world of spiraling salaries and prima donna stars. Josh Dubow, chicagotribune.com, 29 Dec. 2021 Burly and a little unkempt, Madden earned a place in America’s heart with a likable, unpretentious style that was refreshing in a sports world of spiraling salaries and prima donna stars. Josh Dubow, ajc, 29 Dec. 2021 Burly and a little unkempt, Madden earned a place in America’s heart with a likable, unpretentious style that was refreshing in a sports world of spiraling salaries and prima donna stars. Josh Dubow, Anchorage Daily News, 29 Dec. 2021 Burly and a little unkempt, Madden earned a place in America’s heart with a likable, unpretentious style that was refreshing in a sports world of spiraling salaries and prima donna stars. Josh Dubow, chicagotribune.com, 29 Dec. 2021 Burly and a little unkempt, Madden earned a place in America’s heart with a likable, unpretentious style that was refreshing in a sports world of spiraling salaries and prima donna stars. Josh Dubow, ajc, 29 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of prima donna

1754, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prima donna

Italian, literally, first lady

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16 Aug 2022

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“Prima donna.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prima%20donna. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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