Definition of princess in English:

princess

noun

  • 1The daughter of a monarch.

    • ‘She was the princess of Argos, daughter of King Acrisus.’
    • ‘So, being the king had no other blood relatives, Redoth decided he was going to marry the princess.’
    • ‘Kylie was the perfect daughter, the perfect princess.’
    • ‘The first and most likely possibility is that Pharaoh's daughter remained a princess.’
    • ‘The second row was occupied by the sultan's unmarried daughters, the princesses Nurmalitasari, Nurkamnari Dewi, Nurabra Juwita and Nurastuti Wijareni.’
    • ‘The grounds contain the remains of Elsynge Hall, one of Henry VIII's many hunting lodges and a favourite childhood residence of the young princess Elizabeth.’
    • ‘Perhaps there should be a rule that princes only become monarch if there are no princesses, and that all Governors General be female?’
    • ‘He tried to remain calm, but it was hard to do when he was holding within him the secret of a lifetime, that he was in love with her daughter, a princess.’
    • ‘As the crowd parts the King of Arms entourage enters the foyer leading the king and his daughter, the princess, to the stage.’
    • ‘Deputy President Jacob Zuma is engaged to a Swaziland princess, the daughter of Prince Phiwokwakhe Dlamini, his office announced on Saturday.’
    • ‘So the king asked the soldier which of the princesses he would choose for his wife; and he answered, ‘I am not very young, so I will have the eldest.’’
    • ‘We have been primed for it from the very beginning with fairy tales, princes and princesses falling in love at first sight and, mysteriously, living happily ever after.’
    • ‘The Pharaoh followed by the main queens, Nefertari, and Istnofret, followed by the Crown Prince Merenptah then came the princesses and the remaining princes.’
    • ‘Her name is R'jas un Z'kovn Sy'yski and she is the Muse princess, daughter of Prince Noyus and next in line for the throne.’
    • ‘Additional estates were granted to the empress dowager, the heir apparent, imperial princesses, imperial in-laws, and members of the merit aristocracy.’
    • ‘If she had a mind to forgive him, it vanished as she spied him in the company of the Trojan princess Cassandra, daughter of Priam.’
    • ‘He gave him Meritaten, the oldest princess, as a wife and even crowed him a co-regent.’
    • ‘Stories of angels, princes and princesses of far-away lands and fairy tales would certainly carry off children to a new world, where their imagination could take on wings.’
    • ‘Henriette Amazo was a princess, the only daughter of a powerful king - his youngest child.’
    • ‘One of these ladies was Pharaoh's daughter, a princess!’
    1. 1.1 A close female relative of a monarch, especially a granddaughter.
      • ‘Sayaji Rao began constructing the Laxmi Vilas Palace in 1878 naming it after his first wife, a princess of Tanjore.’
      • ‘They took Chinese princesses as wives and charged exorbitant prices in silk, grain and tea for their horses (a trade the Chinese tried to disguise as ‘tribute’).’
    2. 1.2 The wife or widow of a prince.
      • ‘I was thinking about my own ranking; rising from a noble lady to the princess of the kingdom.’
      • ‘The Japanese princess was an aunt of Emperor Akihito and the widow of Prince Takamatsu, a younger brother of the late Emperor Hirohito.’
      • ‘His second wife was an Armenian princess, married while Baldwin was at Edessa.’
      • ‘Beside him is his wife, the Georgian princess Nino Chavchavadze.’
    3. 1.3 The female monarch of a small state, actually, nominally, or originally subject to a king or emperor.
      • ‘John of Ibelin became regent for Jerusalem, ruling for the young princess Maria.’
      • ‘James converted to Catholicism and married a Catholic princess, Mary of Modena, after his first wife's death.’
      • ‘When Caroline married the son of the Elector of Hanover in 1705, she was an intelligent and relatively attractive minor German princess.’
      • ‘The government wants a successful trip by the crown prince and princess to pave the way for a visit by Emperor Akihito, the daily said.’
      • ‘She could, however, humiliate the princess before her subjects.’
      • ‘Those whose persona is royal are of course kings or queens, or princes or princesses of principalities.’
      • ‘The story concerns the relationship between a minor Hapsburg princess and an unmoneyed hussar in the late-nineteenth century.’
      • ‘When a Swazi princess weds a Zulu king, she wears red touraco wing feathers around her forehead and a cape of windowbird feathers and oxtails.’
      monarch, sovereign, king, queen, emperor, empress, tsar, tsarina, prince, potentate, head of state, leader, chief, ruler, lord, overlord
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    4. 1.4princess of/among A woman or thing regarded as pre-eminent in a particular sphere or group.
      ‘the princess of American politics’
      • ‘However, just to get back to my article now, the beginning was like this: What makes a female singer turn into a pop princess?’
      • ‘Her number one single of last summer, Spinning Around, was, after all, co-written by Paula Abdul - another former pop princess of the 1980s.’
      • ‘Across the kingdom the princes and princesses of pantomime are taking their bows and cracking one-liners in Christmas productions packed with Yuletide yarns and knockabout comic capers.’
      • ‘But the princess royal of country music has always looked beyond her homeland too.’
    5. 1.5 A spoilt or arrogant young woman.
      ‘stop being such a princess’
      • ‘She really didn't know much about real life, she was like a spoiled princess.’
      • ‘You're nothing but a spoiled little princess.’
    6. 1.6British informal A form of address used by a man to a girl or woman.
      ‘is something the matter, princess?’

Phrases

  • princess of the blood

    • A woman who is a princess by right of her royal descent.

      • ‘Henri IV was a direct descendant of the Capetian kings, married a Valois princess of the blood, and founded the Bourbon dynasty.’
      • ‘His eye fell on Fawzia, a princess of the blood and the favorite sister of a King.’
      • ‘‘I still can't believe that a princess of the blood would go out dressed like this,’ Alice shook her head with a sigh, her own dress swirling around her legs, blue eyes widened with distress.’
      • ‘Besides, it often happened that a prince or a princess of the blood was having a Mass spoken in a secondary altar of the Chapelle Royale during the king's Mass.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French princesse, from prince (see prince).

Pronunciation

princess

/prɪnˈsɛs/