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 princesse (audio) \

Definition of princess (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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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 The story of Odette, a princess transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer, is the epitome of classical ballet. Luann Gibbs,, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: Feb. 10-16," 10 Feb. 2020 With her traditional dress, glowing smile, and sparkling tiara, Diana looks like a Disney princess in the clip. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Princess Diana Looks Like an Actual Disney Princess in This Unearthed Video from Her Wedding Day," 9 Feb. 2020 But breezy Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, which premieres Feb. 6 on the CW, is essentially a fairy tale—and every fairy tale needs its princess. Judy Berman, Time, "Riverdale Spinoff Katy Keene Is a Delightful Fairy Tale for a New Decade," 24 Jan. 2020 Wizards, dragons, princesses, horses, cars, motorcycles, airplanes, ships, ray guns, teddy bears, his family dog, pirates, car chases, Nazis, gangsters, samurai, dogfights, gunfights, swordfights, fist fights, gladiators, spies, castles, and robots. Wired, "The WIRED Guide to Star Wars," 22 Nov. 2019 Gawk at the family coat of arms, designating Lobkowicz descendants as princes and princesses of the Holy Roman Empire. Janice Wald Henderson, Condé Nast Traveler, "Cruise Like a Royal: 5 Itineraries Where You Can Visit Castles and Hang Out With Nobility," 17 Sep. 2019 Swift is the great champion of 2010s-era heterosexual romance: Football players and cheerleaders, princes and princesses, and James Deans and good girls all paired up in her hits. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Taylor Swift Seems to Think Homophobes Are ‘Throwing Shade’," 17 June 2019 In the film, the princess looks a little like David and the prince bears a resemblance to Loechler. Melissa Locker, Time, "Guy Brilliantly Doctors Sleeping Beauty Ending for His Surprise Proposal Leaving Everyone Stunned," 10 Jan. 2020 In its 12-minute mini-drama, a soprano portrays the legendary Trojan princess bidding farewell to her young son, to be killed by Greek conquerors. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "Conductor Fabio Luisi gets new suavity, subtlety and plenty of drama from the Dallas Symphony," 10 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Dear Miss Manners: My kindergartner arrived home with a princess birthday party invite. Judith Martin, Washington Post, "Miss Manners: Do all rich people throw keggers for their kindergartners?," 20 Dec. 2019 Their collection, presented in New York City’s Marble Cemetery featured models in unabashedly princess-y gowns, crowned, naturally, with flower headdresses. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Vogue Runway Did a Ten-Year Fashion Challenge: Check Out the Results Here," 30 Jan. 2019 Inside the extravaganza, princess bride-types wore tiaras to meet-and-greet potential vendors. Amber Elliott, Houston Chronicle, "#HoustonStrong, rose gold, and the royal wedding rule 2018 Bridal Extravaganza Show," 8 Jan. 2018 This group offered balloon animals, hugs and princess magic. Charlotte Alter/houston,, "How Princess Magic Came to Houston," 2 Sep. 2017 This group offered balloon animals, hugs and princess magic. Charlotte Alter / Houston,, "How Princess Magic Came to Houston After Hurricane Harvey," 2 Sep. 2017 The Dream Big Princess photo campaign runs on social media today though October 11. Patricia Garcia, Vogue, "Disney’s New Campaign Encourages Girls to Aspire to Be More Than Just Princesses," 15 Aug. 2017 Past studies have found that princess characters model traditional gender roles in flirting and dating, but researchers haven’t looked at how identifying with princesses affects how young children complete tasks.) Sue Shellenbarger, WSJ, "Superhero Costumes Come to Parents' Rescue," 7 Feb. 2017

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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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The first known use of princess was in the 14th century

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17 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Princess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of princess

: a female member of a royal family especially : a daughter or granddaughter of a king or queen
: the wife of a prince
informal + sometimes disapproving : a usually attractive girl or woman who is treated with special attention and kindness


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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