Definition of princesse lointaine in US English:

princesse lointaine


  • An ideal but unattainable woman.

    ‘Constant's princesse lointaine was the Chinese film actress Anna May Wong’
    as modifier ‘her princesse lointaine expression’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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


princesse lointaine

/praNˌses lwaNˈten/