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

Kate Middleton looked like the definition of a princess tonight wearing an Alexander McQueen gown and tons of diamonds to a state dinner at Buckingham Palace. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "The First Photos of Kate Middleton Wearing an Special Honor From the Queen Are Breathtaking," 24 Oct. 2018 As the daughter of the monarch, Anne was awarded the title of princess at birth. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is the Queen's Only Daughter, Princess Anne?," 22 Aug. 2018 Spinning Silver follows in the tradition set by Robin McKinley of fairy-tale worlds populated by fairy-tale characters who feel like real people, and of princesses with strength and agency. Constance Grady, Vox, "With Spinning Silver, Naomi Novik cements her status as one of the great YA fantasy authors," 20 July 2018 The unique form that appears to be suspended from Kom_i's body expresses the mysterious embodiment of the enigmatic princess who looks human but is not. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "Watch J-Pop Group Wednesday Campanella's New Video, 'The Bamboo Princess'," 6 July 2018 Upon meeting the beautiful Princess Jasmine, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic lamp that reveals a wish-granting genie, who helps him win the heart of the princess. Sydney Odman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Aladdin': Everything to Know About the Live-Action Remake of the Disney Classic," 5 July 2018 Diana was the embodiment of a Disney princess, just as Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle were after her. Max Foster, CNN, "How Meghan Markle will use her royal voice," 14 May 2018 After ride, passengers walk to Warren County Museum to visit with colorful cast of princesses and friends. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: March 12-18," 12 Mar. 2018 Moana Disney's story of a Polynesian princess is filled with gorgeous animation, catchy songs, and one seriously cute pig. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "14 of the Best Movies on Netflix to Binge-Watch This Weekend," 15 Aug. 2017

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 , -ˌses\

Kids Definition of princess

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

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