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


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


She's just a stuck-up princess. as the reigning princess of pop music, she exerts an enormous influence over teens

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Another was Empress Alexandra’s sister, the Marchioness of Milford Haven, who had the pragmatic idea that even if the imperial couple and their son were doomed, the princesses might settle quietly on the Isle of Wight. The Economist, "How the royal houses of Europe abandoned the Romanovs," 28 June 2018 The princess died in 1969, and in 1988 her remains were brought to Jerusalem. Aron Heller, The Seattle Times, "Prince William visits Israel’s Holocaust memorial," 26 June 2018 Rosé looked like the princess of some country no one has ever heard of, but is helping boost tourism with her popular Instagram account. Devon Abelman, Allure, "9 Stunning K-Pop Beauty Moments From Blackpink's "Ddu-Du Ddu-Du" Music Video," 15 June 2018 After all, doesn’t every bride want to look like a princess? Marianne Rohrlich, New York Times, "How the Royal Wedding Might Influence Weddings to Come," 22 May 2018 After the sultinate was abolished in 1922, the princess and her family fled to southern France. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Why Is a $95 Million Mansion Sitting on the Market?," 9 Mar. 2018 After the sultinate was abolished in 1922, the princess and her family fled to southern France., "A Royal Palace on the Bosphorus Can Be Yours for $95 Million," 9 Mar. 2018 But unlike most items in the royal wardrobe, these bows are fairly affordable—specifically, the medium size costs £4.00 or about $5.40—meaning your little one can dress exactly like a princess, without spending a fortune. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Here's Where You Can Buy Princess Charlotte's Signature Hair Bows," 10 Jan. 2018 The buyer, a Prussian princess, gave it to her daughter, Carlotta, after whom the Villa was named, as a wedding present. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Male Patterned Boldness: Dolce & Gabbana’s Alta Sartoria Ode to Villa Carlotta," 9 July 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,, "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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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


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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alleviating pain or harshness

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