noun, plural pri·ma don·nas, Italian pri·me don·ne [pree-me dawn-ne] /ˈpri mɛ ˈdɔn nɛ/.
Examples from the Web for prima donna
One might have thought she was applauding the prima-donna; but no, she was applauding herself.
You had benevolence to the poor chorus-singer, Signor Leo; and now she is prima-donna do you think she will forget you?Prince Fortunatus|William Black
The prima-donna of the whole comedy in the meanwhile looked well about her to see that none of the actors spared themselves.Freaks of Fanaticism|Sabine Baring-Gould
Mr. Zimandy shall be the impresario, and Madam Dormandy the prima-donna; they can pass for husband and wife.
One shot on either side, for the sake of a prima-donna, or a bet at the races, or a jostle in the streets.More Tales by Polish Authors|Various
British Dictionary definitions for prima donna
noun plural prima donnas
Word Origin for prima donna
Culture definitions for prima donna
A vain and overly sensitive person who is temperamental and difficult to work with: “That Jenkins girl is a good gymnast, but she certainly is a prima donna.” In opera, the prima donna is the principal female soloist. From Italian, meaning “first lady.”