princess

noun
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

princess

adjective
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

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

Watch the video above to see Florida Supercon fans dress up as their favorite characters, from princesses to superheroes to elves. Mike Stocker, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Video: Florida Supercon fans show off their stunning costumes," 14 July 2018 After Melania debuted the gown, several took to Twitter to gush about the outfit, even comparing the first last to a Disney princess. Fox News, "Melania Trump praised for J. Mendel gown: 'She looks like a princess'," 12 July 2018 Comedy involving sympathetic werewolf, vampire, ancient Egyptian princess brought to life, lonely British Lord named Edgar, his new wife, her snooty maid and other macabre and madcap characters. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do in Cincinnati this week: July 9-15," 9 July 2018 The blockbuster movie star stopped by in complete costume as her character Diana Prince, Amazonian woman princess on Friday. Alix Langone, Time, "Gal Gadot Visited a Children's Hospital Dressed Up as Wonder Woman," 8 July 2018 Always the center of attention, Ruya loved pink and Disney princesses. Maria L. La Ganga And Sven Berg, idahostatesman, "A speeding ambulance. Asking how a toddler died. 2 boys recall Boise's mass stabbing," 2 July 2018 Selena Gomez looks like an edgy, autumnal princess in Coach's new Fall 2018 campaign, shot by Steven Meisel. Sofia Mele, Billboard, "Selena Gomez Stars in Gorgeous Coach Campaign for Fall 2018," 2 July 2018 When the new family of five (hi, Kate Middleton and Prince William!) arrived at the chapel, the young prince and princess were on their best behavior. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Princess Charlotte and Prince George Steal the Show at Their Brother’s Christening," 9 July 2018 The girl writes of the prince and princess living in that castle, which is surrounded by a deep moat. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "Girl who lost parents to heroin starts over: `I want a family'," 27 June 2018

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, 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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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

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

princess

noun
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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