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

One of the collection's wheelchair covers transforms the chair into a purple princess carriage. Sophie Sherry And Christina Zdanowicz, CNN, "Kids with disabilities can now get special Halloween costumes at Target," 17 July 2019 But there is only one furry princess — one with a roar and a bite: The Lion King’s Nala, a daring lioness who can beat even the future king in a wrestling match. Morgan Baila,, "The Come-Up: Shahadi Wright Joseph Just Can’t Wait To Be Queen," 15 July 2019 Kristen said the two loved to spoil their four grandchildren with princess crowns, a BB gun, and a drawer filled with Jolly Ranchers and licorice ropes., "Cause of death: Heartbreak? For one Portland-area couple, their family thinks so.," 14 July 2019 Garcia plans to showcase couture evening gowns inspired by girls who want to be princesses or queens. Laura Latzko, azcentral, "Cancer survivors will model fashions created for chemotherapy patients at Phoenix Art Museum," 13 July 2019 The most popular children's costumes are princesses and superheroes. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "25 Scary and Sweet Halloween Facts to Trick Your Friends," 11 July 2019 Offered daily through mid-August, at 8 a.m., 9 a.m. and 10 a.m., this event gives your children an opportunity to dress up in their finest pirate or princess costumes. Michelle Matthews |,, "This Gulf Shores restaurant hosts a pirates and princesses breakfast," 10 July 2019 Another woman familiar with playing a princess came to Bailey's defense. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Disney's Freeform, the original voice of "The Little Mermaid" and other actors defend casting a black actress as Ariel," 9 July 2019 Since its release in 1998, Disney’s Mulan has remained beloved by a generation of fans who grew up with the company’s first Asian princess. Allegra Frank, Vox, "Disney’s live-action Mulan remake isn’t a musical, it’s a feminist action movie," 8 July 2019

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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