princess

noun
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

princess

adjective
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

diva, goddess, queen

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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

Later, the couple headed to the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva to change for their evening engagement—a state dinner hosted by Fiji’s president—and the sight of Meghan’s gown will make all of your Disney princess dreams come true in an instant. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Decided Not To Wear a Tiara for Her First State Dinner," 23 Oct. 2018 Through July 26: Summer Splash Thursdays Kids get to meet their favorite princesses and superheros while playing in the splash pad and enjoying free food, dancing, prizes and entertainment. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Best kids things to do in Phoenix in July: Splash pad parties, shark feeds and free fun," 28 June 2018 Can’t wait to come back to my precious angel princess. Melissa Minton, Allure, "Sarah Hyland Shares Painful Hospital Selfie After Being "Torn From Work Against My Will"," 22 June 2018 Ashely Clark shared this touching video of her husband, Dee, surprising their little princess by taking her out for dinner. Houston Chronicle, "Father’s Day is bitter reminder for daughter mourning her dad," 16 June 2018 Meghan has been welcomed into the Royal Family with open arms, and the British public approves of its new princess. Marcia Moody, Town & Country, "All the Ways Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Wedding Broke Royal Tradition," 19 May 2018 Madison, 8, was their little princess, according to the obituary; James, 6, made endless inside jokes. Evan Allen, BostonGlobe.com, "West Brookfield house still haunted by questions," 21 Apr. 2018 Now the most important question - who is *your* favorite Disney princess (and animal sidekick!) Tag a friend who’s into Disney! Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "This Baker Makes the Most Incredibly Intricate Pies You've Ever Seen," 2 Apr. 2018 Press pause on your dreams of becoming a Disney princess, because ColourPop's newest collection is all about embracing your inner Ursula. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "ColourPop Released a Disney Villains Makeup Collection," 23 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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, TIME.com, "How Princess Magic Came to Houston," 2 Sep. 2017 This group offered balloon animals, hugs and princess magic. Charlotte Alter / Houston, PEOPLE.com, "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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1866, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for princess

Adjective

French princesse princess, from prince

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

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princess

noun

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

princess

noun
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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