• (British) IPA: /pɹɪnˈsɛs/, /ˈpɹɪnsɛs/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɹɪnsɛs/, /ˈpɹɪnsɪs/

princess (plural princesses)

  1. A female member of a royal family other than a queen, especially a daughter or granddaughter. [from 14th c.]
  2. A woman or girl who excels in a given field or class. [from 14th c.]
  3. (now archaic) A female ruler or monarch; a queen. [from 15th c.]
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, V.12:
      And running all with greedie ioyfulnesse / To faire Irena, at her feet did fall, / And her adored with due humblenesse, / As their true Liege and Princesse naturall […]
  4. The wife of a prince; the female ruler of a principality. [from 15th c.]
    Princess Grace was the Princess of Monaco.
  5. A young girl; used as a term of endearment. [from 18th c.]
  6. (derogatory, chiefly, US) A young girl or woman (or less commonly a man) who is vain, spoiled or selfish; a prima donna. [from 20th c.]
  7. A tinted crystal marble used in children's games.
  8. A type of court card in the Tarot pack, coming between the 10 and the prince (Jack).
  9. A female lemur.
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Proper noun
  1. The title of a princess.
  2. (rare) A female given name.
    • 2009 Princess Kasune Zulu, Warrior Princess, IVP Books, ISBN 978-0-8308-3725-0, page 202:
      It was funny to me that my name, Princess Kasune Zulu, became such a big deal on this trip. I participated in a number of media interviews where journalists fixated on my name. "Are you a real princess?" they asked time and time again. Their published articles all too often said, "Princess is only her name, not a title."

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