prin·​cess | \ ˈprin(t)-səs How to pronounce princess (audio) , ˈprin-ˌses, (usually British) prin-ˈses \

Definition of princess

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 archaic : a woman having sovereign power
2 : a female member of a royal family especially : a daughter or granddaughter of a sovereign
3 : the consort of a prince
4 : one likened to a princess especially : a woman of high rank or of high standing in her class or profession a pop music princess


prin·​cess | \ ˈprin(t)-səs How to pronounce princess (audio) , ˈprin-ˌses, (usually British) prin-ˈses \
variants: or princesse \ prin-​ˈses How to pronounce princess (audio) \

Definition of princess (Entry 2 of 2)

: close-fitting and usually with gores from neck to flaring hemline a princess gown

Synonyms for princess

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of princess in a Sentence

Noun She's just a stuck-up princess. as the reigning princess of pop music, she exerts an enormous influence over teens
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Interviews with the princess were few and far between. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 8 Jan. 2022 From family-friendly options with princess-themed pancakes to places to keep the party going with brunch boards and bottomless drinks, there's a spot for every mood. Tirion Morris, The Arizona Republic, 26 Feb. 2022 Disa, princess of Khazad-dûm (Sophia Nomvete), appearing to sing into the heavens. Adam B. Vary, Variety, 13 Feb. 2022 The caliente pop princess of the moment stars in this LVI ad for the fast food giant as Ms. Cat zips on over to grab some grub. Rob Ledonne, Rolling Stone, 10 Feb. 2022 Charlotte Casiraghi, the Monégasque princess and granddaughter of Hollywood legend Grace Kelly, opened the show by riding down the runway on her steed, the eight-year-old Spanish bay horse, Kuskus, much to the audience’s delight at the Grand Palais. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 25 Jan. 2022 To borrow a line from the princess of pop herself, Spears' future is looking stronger than yesterday. Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY, 3 Dec. 2021 Others have accused the princess of faking her post-traumatic stress. New York Times, 24 Oct. 2021 Shuri, princess of the fictional country of Wakanda, has taken on the superhero mantle in the comic books. NBC News, 13 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Consider this the princess version of a naked dress. ELLE, 4 Apr. 2022 And John Carter, with its strange land, smart and feisty princess, loyal animal companion, noble group of underdogs, and its mysterious and villainous wizards, was another fairy tale. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Mar. 2022 Prior to Queen Elizabeth's statement, it had been expected that upon Charles's accession, Camilla would use the title of princess consort. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 5 Mar. 2022 Arguably the most popular nail-art design from the show thus far, Cassie's princess-pink oval nails with lines of diamonds down the middle were actually Davy's idea, which Minerva was more than happy to go along with. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 6 Feb. 2022 And the creative director Virginie Viard’s spectacular princess-style gown only amplified this, punctuating her collection with a happily-ever-after grace note. New York Times, 10 Nov. 2021 Last year, Lirika Matoshi partnered with Disney for a princess collection filled with dreamy pinks, green, and blue dresses featuring details like bows and clouds. Frances Solá-santiago,, 25 Oct. 2021 Grownups will also appreciate that this princess line includes some outfits kids can wear on the playground and at school. Sabrina Rojas Weiss,, 10 Aug. 2021 The Crown’s Emma Corrin continued her commitment to anti-princess dressing in a deconstructed Prada look with pleats, transparent detailing, and delicate beading. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 4 Apr. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of princess


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for princess


French princesse princess, from prince

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16 May 2022

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“Princess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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prin·​cess | \ ˈprin-səs How to pronounce princess (audio) , -ˌses \

Kids Definition of princess

: a daughter or granddaughter of a monarch : a female member of a royal family

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