Definition of princess in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprinsəs/
Pronunciation: /ˈprinˌses/


1The daughter of a monarch.
Example sentences
  • Her name is R'jas un Z'kovn Sy'yski and she is the Muse princess, daughter of Prince Noyus and next in line for the throne.
  • Deputy President Jacob Zuma is engaged to a Swaziland princess, the daughter of Prince Phiwokwakhe Dlamini, his office announced on Saturday.
  • The second row was occupied by the sultan's unmarried daughters, the princesses Nurmalitasari, Nurkamnari Dewi, Nurabra Juwita and Nurastuti Wijareni.
1.1A close female relative of monarch, especially a son’s daughter.
Example sentences
  • They took Chinese princesses as wives and charged exorbitant prices in silk, grain and tea for their horses (a trade the Chinese tried to disguise as ‘tribute’).
  • Sayaji Rao began constructing the Laxmi Vilas Palace in 1878 naming it after his first wife, a princess of Tanjore.
1.2The wife or widow of a prince.
Example sentences
  • His second wife was an Armenian princess, married while Baldwin was at Edessa.
  • Beside him is his wife, the Georgian princess Nino Chavchavadze.
  • The Japanese princess was an aunt of Emperor Akihito and the widow of Prince Takamatsu, a younger brother of the late Emperor Hirohito.
1.3The female ruler of a small state, actually, nominally, or originally subject to a king or emperor.
Example sentences
  • The government wants a successful trip by the crown prince and princess to pave the way for a visit by Emperor Akihito, the daily said.
  • She could, however, humiliate the princess before her subjects.
  • When a Swazi princess weds a Zulu king, she wears red touraco wing feathers around her forehead and a cape of windowbird feathers and oxtails.
1.4 informal A spoiled or arrogant young woman.
Example sentences
  • You're nothing but a spoiled little princess.
  • She really didn't know much about real life, she was like a spoiled princess.


Late Middle English: from Old French princesse, from prince (see prince).

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Syllabification: prin·cess

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