One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural princesses lointainesliterary
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.’
French, literally ‘distant princess’, from the title of a play by E. Rostand (see Rostand, Edmond), based on a theme in troubadour poetry.
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