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

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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 pop princess in a nice dress, teetering on the bog like a bird on a wire, instantaneously reminded me of being out-out. Raven Smith, Vogue, "On Katy Perry's Bathroom Selfie and Forgotten Pleasure of Going Out-Out," 7 Apr. 2021 Opening a discussion of the stark class contrasts that once existed between wealthy landowners and workers in Sicily, Tucci returns close to the center of Palermo to dine with a real princess, Princess Stefania di Raffadal. Irene S. Levine, Forbes, "Searching For Italy: Stanley Tucci Visits Sicily," 17 Mar. 2021 Among the heirlooms: an enamel and diamond cross with an onyx heart with the name of Victoria’s daughter Alice (who died in 1878 at age 35) under a coronet, and another onyx and seed pearl button holding a miniature portrait of the princess. Jill Newman, Town & Country, "Queen Victoria Made Mourning Jewelry Fashionable—Now Her Pieces Are Up For Sale," 13 Mar. 2021 So the jilted princess, much like her son Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, are now doing 26 years later, engaged the nuclear option. Washington Post, "‘Three of us in this marriage’: Princess Diana’s stunning interview with Martin Bashir," 7 Mar. 2021 The movie also features the studio’s first Southeast Asian princess, Raya, who goes on a quest to find a dragon and reunite the tribes of Kumandra, a land that had been fractured by wars and a plague. NBC News, "How 'Raya and the Last Dragon' built a Southeast Asian fantasy world," 3 Mar. 2021 Until recently, Doyle dutifully dyed and straightened her long, blond hair and cultivated the plastic glamour of a Disney princess. Ariel Levy, The New Yorker, "Glennon Doyle’s Honesty Gospel," 8 Feb. 2021 One photograph of Shepherd as a young woman shows her in the guise of a Celtic princess, strong jawed, a jewelled diadem crowning her long braids. Annalena Mcafee, WSJ, "Five Best: Memoirs of the Scottish Highlands," 18 Dec. 2020 To insist on a truer reflection of your burgeoning self than a princess in a fairy-tale. Washington Post, "Beverly Cleary taught girls to make a brave demand: Love me for how I am," 27 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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, "The Best Dressed Stars at the 2021 SAG Awards," 4 Apr. 2021 While questions about how children's play influences their gender identity took off during Second Wave feminism, heightened scrutiny of princess culture is largely a product of the last decade. Elissa Strauss, CNN, "How Meghan should, and shouldn't, influence princess play," 11 Mar. 2021 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

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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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10 Apr 2021

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“Princess.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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