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

The new, kid-friendly retail experience will showcase more than 450 toys and games, apparel and accessories featuring everything from beloved Disney classics to Disney princesses, Marvel characters and Star Wars. Doreen Christensen,, "Disney to open 25 stores inside Target this fall," 26 Aug. 2019 The bulletproof panels are designed to withstand multiple rounds from a handgun - and two of this season’s bestsellers are emblazoned with Disney princesses and Avengers superheroes. Abha Bhattarai, Anchorage Daily News, "Covered in princesses — and bulletproof: Inside the booming business of everyday ballistic gear," 13 Aug. 2019 Well, the real-life version includes way more homework than Disney princesses ever seem to go through. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle Had to Memorize the Most Complicated Curtsying Rules When She Became Royal," 4 Aug. 2019 There hasn't been an African-American Disney princess since Anika Noni Rose voiced Tiana in 2009. Alexis Jones, Harper's BAZAAR, "Everything We Know About the New Little Mermaid Starring Halle Bailey," 19 July 2019 Since most Disney princesses have been historically white, many people championed Disney's decision to cast Halle in the role of Ariel. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "BTS Fans Really Want Jimin To Play the Role of Prince Eric in the Live-Action “Little Mermaid”," 11 July 2019 Far from a traditional Disney princess, the battle-ready Mulan seeks to bring honor to her family by standing in for her ailing father when the draft calls for a member of each family to fight against an army of northern invaders. Sonaiya Kelley,, "Disney’s ‘Mulan’ live-action teaser trailer launches ahead of 2020 release," 7 July 2019 Thank you for being an amazing mommy to our princess True. Melody Chiu,, "Tristan Thompson ‘Wants to Be in a Good Place’ with Ex Khloé Kardashian: Source," 5 Sep. 2019 But in the studio's new live-action remake of the 1989 movie, the rebellious undersea princess will depart from her classic appearance., "Disney network slaps back at notion Ariel has to be a white, blue-eyed redhead," 9 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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