prima donna

noun pri·ma don·na \ ˌpri-mə-ˈdä-nə , ˌprē- \

Definition of prima donna

plural prima donnas
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

  1. The actress is a temperamental prima donna.

  2. We are looking for team players, not prima donnas.

Origin and Etymology of prima donna

Italian, literally, first lady


PRIMA DONNA Defined for English Language Learners

prima donna

noun

Definition of prima donna for English Language Learners

  • : the main female singer in an opera company

  • : a person who thinks she or he is better than everyone else and who does not work well as part of a team or group


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