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

While Nick looked dapper in a khaki suit, the actress stole the show in a Vivienne Westwood dress worthy of any Disney princess. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Were the Epitome of Honeymoon Period at Her Movie Premiere," 12 Feb. 2019 While Duchess Camilla opted for a luxe white gown and tiara like her mother-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge was predictably stylish in her favorite Lover's Knot Tiara, pearl earrings, and a dress fit for a Disney princess. Kayleigh Roberts, Harper's BAZAAR, "Queen Elizabeth II Looks More Regal Than Ever at the Annual Diplomatic Reception," 4 Dec. 2018 The dream of becoming a Disney Princess may have been modernized for 2018, but the dream of looking like a cartoon princess will never die. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "ColourPop Is Launching an 18-Piece Disney Princess Makeup Collection," 20 Sep. 2018 For most Disney princesses, the story ends with a wedding. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Inside Meghan Markle's First 100 Days in the Royal Family," 27 Aug. 2018 The twist on the traditional veil was regal, reminiscent of capes donned by many of our favorite characters from the Disney princess realm. Anna Millard, refinery29.com, "Kaley Cuoco Is Married & Her Reception Outfit Stole The Show," 1 July 2018 Privacy - Terms The father didn’t have his fishing license on him — the girls, wearing Disney princess arm floats, weren’t old enough to need licenses. Rachel Jones, charlotteobserver, "He's Mecklenburg's only wildlife officer in a county with over 1 million people," 28 June 2018 The spot replaces Ariel’s Grotto, currently leaving the Disney princesses without a Disneyland dining location to call home. Todd Martens, latimes.com, "How Disney's Paradise Pier, the 'antithesis' of Walt, became California Adventure's Pixar Pier," 22 June 2018 On the other side was Maribel, then her daughter, Erika, whose casket was draped in a Disney-princess blanket; then brother Javier, and Selia’s other grandson Jonatan. azcentral, "Into the water," 15 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, 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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