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

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But Geel’s tradition of welcoming the mentally ill into their homes has a horrific origin story in the form of a seventh century Irish princess named Dymphna, a devout Christian who fled her homeland after her father went mad. Ellen Mcgirt, Fortune, "Joi Ito Resigns as Director of the M.I.T. Media Lab: raceAhead," 9 Sep. 2019 Reassuring a possibly anxious princess, Kate had the best advice for her daughter. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Said the Sweetest Thing to Princess Charlotte While Taking Her to School," 5 Sep. 2019 With guest appearances by mysterious trolls, princesses and fairies. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Top Baltimore arts events for fall 2019," 29 Aug. 2019 The contestants were evaluated by seven judges and supported by the attendance of reigning queens and princesses from Borrego Springs, Julian and Lakeside. Julie Gallant, Ramona Sentinel, "Pageant crowns 2019 Miss and Teen Miss queens," 28 Aug. 2019 Frozen went against the typical princess storyline, focusing on the love between sisters rather than romantic love. Laura Hanrahan, Woman's Day, "Everything We Know About 'Frozen 2,' Which Is Bound To Be 'An Epic Mystery'," 28 Aug. 2019 The prettiest food delight was the gorgeous marzipan princess cake, a Swedish tradition, served with champagne from France. Jane Napier Neely, La Cañada Valley Sun, "The Valley Line: Backyard birthday soiree brings songs, smiles all around," 27 Aug. 2019 This includes items across all the Disney brands, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Disney Junior, in addition to the classic Disney princesses and Disney animation. Marisa Lascala, Good Housekeeping, "Disney Stores Are Setting up Shop Inside 25 Target Locations, and We Want to Live in Them," 27 Aug. 2019 Hong Kong Disneyland’s centerpiece castle will be remodeled and renamed the Castle of Magical Dreams, which will salute 13 Disney princesses and heroines. Dewayne Bevil,, "Disney unveils more changes at Epcot, including Mary Poppins attraction," 25 Aug. 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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