Definition of princesse lointaine in US English:

princesse lointaine

noun

literary
  • An ideal but unattainable woman.

    • ‘She was my princesse lointaine, beyond my wildest dreams; although of course I did dream, innocent boyish dreams of winning her heart and hand by some feat worthy of one of Arthur's knights.’
    • ‘Whether it is Sarah in ‘The French Lieutenant's Woman,’ Jane in ‘Daniel Martin’ or Lily in ‘The Magus,’ the most powerful of those characters have always been women - women who like the princesses lointaines of medieval romances remain mysterious and aloof.’

Origin

French, literally ‘distant princess’, from the title of a play by E. Rostand (see Rostand, Edmond), based on a theme in troubadour poetry.

Pronunciation

princesse lointaine

/praNˌses lwaNˈten/