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[prin-sis, -ses, prin-ses] /ˈprɪn sɪs, -sɛs, prɪnˈsɛs/
a nonreigning female member of a royal family.
History/Historical. a female sovereign or monarch; queen.
the consort of a prince.
(in Great Britain) a daughter or granddaughter (if the child of a son) of a king or queen.
a woman considered to have the qualities or characteristics of a princess.
Also, princesse. (of a woman's dress, coat, or the like) styled with a close-fitting bodice and flared skirt, cut in single pieces, as gores, from shoulder to hem.
Origin of princess
1350-1400; Middle English princesse < Middle French. See prince, -ess
Related forms
princesslike, adjective
princessly, adjective
Usage note
See -ess. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The prince and princess are hailed and received at the castle as king and queen.

  • Two puppies were carried in a basket, one of which the princess accepted as a gift.

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • A long telegram from the princess of Wales concluded: "I am praying for you."

    The Grand Old Man Richard B. Cook
  • The princess smiled on the children as she came down the cypress trail.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • A tame egret ruffled her white plumes at the princess's shoulder.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
British Dictionary definitions for princess


(in Britain) a daughter of the sovereign or of one of the sovereign's sons
a nonreigning female member of a sovereign family
the wife and consort of a prince
any very attractive or outstanding woman
Also called princess dress, princess line. a style of dress with a fitted bodice and an A-line skirt that is shaped by seams from shoulder to hem without a seam at the waistline
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Word Origin and History for princess

late 14c., "woman of royal or noble birth; daughter or wife of a ruler or prince; female ruler," a native formation, or else from Old French princesse, fem. of prince (see prince). Cf. Medieval Latin principissa, Italian principessa. As a colloquial form of address to a woman or girl, it is recorded from 1924 (as a term of address to a lover, early 15c.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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jewish american princess

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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