prin·cess | \ˈprin(t)-səs, 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, ˈprin-ˌses, (usually British) prin-ˈses\
variants: or princesse \prin-ˈses \

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

diva, goddess, queen

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Examples of princess in a Sentence


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 three-year-old appeared to accidentally slip and hit her head on the Buckingham Palace banister, but Middleton consoled the young princess and helped her recover in no time. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Comforted Prince George at a Polo Match and It Was So Sweet," 11 June 2018 There is a princess (Daisy, played by Samantha Mathis), who’s held prisoner by a villainous tyrant (King Koopa, played by Dennis Hopper) in a world unlike Mario’s own. David Sims, The Atlantic, "The Dazzling Failures of Super Mario Bros.," 31 May 2018 The young princess seemed to love being in the spotlight — and made adorable poses while on the steps of St. George’s Chapel with her mom, Kate Middleton — while Prince George was a bit more subdued. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Princess Charlotte Shows Off Her Perfect Royal Wave," 19 May 2018 After all, Bowes-Lyon wanted her daughters to have lives that were as normal as possible for young princesses. Melissa Locker, Southern Living, "Before She Was The Queen of England, Elizabeth Was a Girl Scout," 7 Mar. 2018 The young princess is always seen in shorter dresses. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Everything That's Wrong with Lifetime's Version of the Royal Family," 23 Feb. 2018 Letitia Wright is Black Panther’s younger sister, Shuri, a new kind of teen princess – a tech-savvy genius who is two parts Tony Stark and one part sweetly normal teenage woman. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "raceAhead: A Major Newspaper Publisher Quits Facebook Over Fake News," 9 Feb. 2018 What little girl doesn't want to grow up to be a Disney princess? Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Disney on Ice' skater Princess Tiana encourages kids to 'dream big'," 4 Feb. 2018 June 9 Tom Cruise stirs the wrath of the ancient Egyptians by disrupting the tomb of a powerful princess, threatening the balance of the world. Emma Krupp, RedEye Chicago, "20 movies you'll want to see this summer," 11 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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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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

: a usually attractive girl or woman who is treated with special attention and kindness


prin·cess | \ˈprin-səs, -ˌses\

Kids Definition of princess

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

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