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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

No maid was ever transformed into a princess by a fairy godmother and a pair of glass shoes that fit just so. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Gritty’s evolution from googly-eyed hockey mascot to meme to leftist avatar, explained," 24 Dec. 2018 In each one, life-size kings, princes, princesses and courtiers occupy a corner of the foreground. Judith H. Dobrzynski, WSJ, "‘Renaissance Splendor: Catherine de’ Medici’s Valois Tapestries’ Review: Woven Vistas of Pageantry," 4 Dec. 2018 For the little princes and princesses, there’s the new picture book, His Royal Dogness, Guy the Beagle, which illustrates the journey of one very famous rescue. Vogue, "14 Gift Ideas for Your Royal-Obsessed Friend," 19 Nov. 2018 The Royal Majesty Makers can be found at the Castle Courtyard in Fantasyland each day to teach the skills necessary for a princess or prince. Nancy Trejos, USA TODAY, "Where should Harry and Meghan go for their honeymoon?," 25 May 2018 The sentence completed a sensational fall from grace for a political princess who became the country’s first female leader, but then went on to become its first president to be impeached when she was ejected from office a year ago. Washington Post, "World Digest: April 6, 2018," 6 Apr. 2018 Plus, the event isn't just for the little princess in your household; children are also invited to dress as princes, knights or wizards. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Top 5 things to do with your kids in April include free admission to Discovery World and princess day at the Domes," 3 Apr. 2018 Tanner said the opera is named for the princess, but Calaf and Liù are no slouches. Pam Kragen,, "Rising star joins veteran singers for San Diego Opera's 'Turandot'," 18 Feb. 2018 Disney Beauty and the Beast Cheek Palette, LORAC, $28 These creamy lipsticks are made in beautiful, bold shades fit for a princess. Seventeen, "This "Beauty and the Beast" Makeup Collection Will Make Your Childhood Dreams Come True," 2 June 2017

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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