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empress

[ em-pris ]
/ ˈɛm prɪs /
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noun
a female ruler of an empire.
the consort of an emperor.
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Origin of empress

1125–75; Middle English emperice, emperesse<Anglo-French; Old French emperesse, empereriz<Latin imperātrīcem, accusative of imperātrix, feminine of imperātor.See emperor, -trix

usage note for empress

See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for empress

empress
/ (ˈɛmprɪs) /

noun
the wife or widow of an emperor
a woman who holds the rank of emperor in her own right
a woman of great power and influence

Word Origin for empress

C12: from Old French empereriz, from Latin imperātrix feminine of imperātor emperor
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