One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The daughter of a monarch.
- ‘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.’
- ‘Perhaps there should be a rule that princes only become monarch if there are no princesses, and that all Governors General be female?’
- ‘So, being the king had no other blood relatives, Redoth decided he was going to marry the princess.’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘Henriette Amazo was a princess, the only daughter of a powerful king - his youngest child.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The Pharaoh followed by the main queens, Nefertari, and Istnofret, followed by the Crown Prince Merenptah then came the princesses and the remaining princes.’
- ‘Additional estates were granted to the empress dowager, the heir apparent, imperial princesses, imperial in-laws, and members of the merit aristocracy.’
- ‘Kylie was the perfect daughter, the perfect princess.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The first and most likely possibility is that Pharaoh's daughter remained a princess.’
- ‘One of these ladies was Pharaoh's daughter, a princess!’
- ‘She was the princess of Argos, daughter of King Acrisus.’
- ‘He gave him Meritaten, the oldest princess, as a wife and even crowed him a co-regent.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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 second row was occupied by the sultan's unmarried daughters, the princesses Nurmalitasari, Nurkamnari Dewi, Nurabra Juwita and Nurastuti Wijareni.’
- 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’).’
- 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.’
- ‘Beside him is his wife, the Georgian princess Nino Chavchavadze.’
- ‘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.’
- 1.3 The female ruler of a small state, actually, nominally, or originally subject to a king or emperor.
monarch, sovereign, king, queen, emperor, empress, tsar, tsarina, prince, potentate, head of state, leader, chief, ruler, lord, overlordView synonyms
- ‘When Caroline married the son of the Elector of Hanover in 1705, she was an intelligent and relatively attractive minor German princess.’
- ‘She could, however, humiliate the princess before her subjects.’
- ‘James converted to Catholicism and married a Catholic princess, Mary of Modena, after his first wife's death.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘John of Ibelin became regent for Jerusalem, ruling for the young princess Maria.’
- ‘Those whose persona is royal are of course kings or queens, or princes or princesses of principalities.’
- 1.4princess of/among A woman or thing regarded as pre-eminent in a particular sphere or group.‘the princess of American politics’
- ‘But the princess royal of country music has always looked beyond her homeland too.’
- ‘However, just to get back to my article now, the beginning was like this: What makes a female singer turn into a pop princess?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Her number one single of last summer, Spinning Around, was, after all, co-written by Paula Abdul - another former pop princess of the 1980s.’
2derogatory, informal A spoiled 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.’
3British informal A form of address used by a man to a girl or woman.‘is something the matter, princess?’
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.’
Late Middle English: from Old French princesse, from prince (see prince).
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