Definition of empress in English:

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empress

Pronunciation: /ˈemprəs/

noun

1A female emperor.
Example sentences
  • Constitutional changes to permit a female empress may thus trigger dangerous public debate about the need for a monarchy.
  • It should be noted that Orchid's character is based on Tzu Hsi, who was China's longest-reigning female ruler and its last empress.
  • China's emperors and empresses knew what they wanted.
Synonyms
1.1The wife or widow of an emperor.
Example sentences
  • The emperor and empress met the Malaysian royal couple during a visit to Malaysia in 1970.
  • Later emperors carried it further and in the second century AD empresses such as Sabina (wife of the emperor Trajan) were depicted as embodying, for example, pietas (family feeling).
  • When she died, only four years ago at the age of 97, she was also the longest living empress consort in Japanese history.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French emperesse, feminine of emperere (see emperor).

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Syllabification: em·press

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