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

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

Her personal portfolio includes participating in Future Farmers of America and Ramona Santana Riders club, becoming a Ramona Rodeo princess, and founding Hee Haw Place Donkey Rescue. Ramona Sentinel, "Community Profile: Staci Greene cares for donkeys, mules in need of homes," 11 June 2019 Shaylee, the fairy princess, has a light blue door with a gemstone door handle and crown on top. Patrick Connolly,, "Pictures: Enchanted Fairy Doors return to Leu Gardens for a second year," 6 June 2019 Having been the ultimate, light up princess at the Met Gala, 'Daya has now turned her attention to representing all the fairy godmothers out there, in the most magical white ruffle dress for the premiere of her new HBO series, Euphoria. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Zendaya's Long Bangs at the 'Euphoria' Premiere Are Just So Pretty," 5 June 2019 The London Gazette announced the princess' service number in the Auxiliary Territorial Service; 23087. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Was Queen Elizabeth II really an army mechanic during WWII?," 4 June 2019 Garrone intertwines three stories, all centered on kings, queens, princes, and princesses—emblematic families. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, "The Rabelais of Naples," 9 May 2019 But the princess, though still a teenager, demonstrated keen political savvy. National Geographic, "To seize power in Spain, Queen Isabella had to play it smart," 28 Mar. 2019 Princess Ubolratana is widely treated as a princess, however, and performs many royal duties. James Hookway, WSJ, "Thai Party That Pushed Princess for Prime Minister Is Threatened With Dissolution," 13 Feb. 2019 When the princess kind-of seduces not only Agis but also his austere uncle, Hermocrates (Carl Wallnau in a great turn), and his aunt, Hesione (Joy Franz), Corine for-real seduces Harlequin and Dimas. John Timpane,, "'Triumph of Love' at Bristol Riverside: Goofy, bawdy romp," 11 May 2018

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,, "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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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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to take the place or position of

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