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What does prima donna mean?
The literal meaning of prima donna is the lead or main female singer in an opera company. Prima donna is commonly used as a negative term for a person who’s extremely self-centered and temperamental.
In this sense, a prima donna expects and demands constant praise and special treatment and is easily irritated when they don’t get it. Though the literal sense of prima donna refers only to women, its figurative sense can be applied to anyone. The plural of prima donna is prima donnas (though the plural of the Italian phrase is prime donne).
Example: After the director had a fight with his lead actor, he accused him of being a selfish prima donna who was impossible to work with.
Where does prima donna come from?
Prima donna is taken directly from Italian, in which it literally means “first lady.” The first records of the term in English come from the 1700s. In the context of opera, the equivalent term for the leading male singer is primo uomo.
When opera was at the height of its popularity, the prima donna of an opera company was often an influential woman who commanded respect. However, some of these singers were infamously demanding, and the position became associated with a certain stereotype. Today, when we call someone a prima donna, it usually has nothing to do with opera and simply refers to a spoiled, entitled person who expects preferential treatment and throws a tantrum when they don’t get it. Though the term is still perhaps most often associated with performers or entertainers, it can be applied to any person who acts in such a way.
The word diva is a synonym for the literal sense of prima donna, and it can also be used in a similar figurative way as well, but it may not always carry the same negative sense that prima donna always does.
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What are some other forms related to prima donna?
- prima donnas (plural)
- prime donne (Italian plural)
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How is prima donna used in real life?
Some people may apply the term to themselves to imply something about their talent or the type of treatment they expect, but calling someone a prima donna is never a compliment.
"Imran is such a nice boy, but can't act. Ranbir is a decent actor, but he's such a prima donna." – table next to me at restaurant
— Karan Talwar (@BollywoodGandu) June 13, 2011
In my experience this is a losing fight for reporters. The writer has a hard time not coming off as pain-in-the-butt prima donna, alienating co-workers. Over time most writers stop looking at what happens after they hit send. They move on to next story. https://t.co/6tqbq8lu6c
— Phil Rogers (@philgrogers) March 31, 2020
For more than half my life I thought that a prima Donna was a pre-Madonna. Like someone who was as famous as Madonna but before her
— Baluga Maloo (@BigMmamaaaaaaaa) April 3, 2020
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Which of the following words accurately describes a prima donna?
D. none of the above
How to use prima donna in a sentence
On one summer lunch hour, Donna Ann Levonuk, 50, lifted a tub of diaper cream priced at $43.98—and then stashed it in her purse.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks|M.L. Nestel|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Hughes, when she was known as Donna Rice, was involved in a steamy scandal involving presidential politics.Donna Rice: ‘My Heart Really Goes Out to Monica Lewinsky’|Keli Goff|May 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Middleton only bridles when asked about the likelihood of marrying his girlfriend, the presenter Donna Air.
Zayas recalled a witness claiming that once "Delle Donna referred to Elvin as a spic."
"When Negron got let go, he got a tape recorder," a source close to the Delle Donna case told me.
The tenor dies; the prima donna appears to do the same, but the libretto consoles you by declaring that she only swoons.Physiology of The Opera|John H. Swaby (AKA "Scrici")
Prima facie, the verdict here is less favorable than in the previous case.Readings in Money and Banking|Chester Arthur Phillips
He sang bravura airs with a facility of vocalisation any prima donna might have envied.The Life & Letters of Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky|Modeste Tchaikovsky
Even here the glorious voice of the prima donna floated clear as a silver bell.The Weight of the Crown|Fred M. White
The young girl became, thanks to him, the celebrated prima donna of the Fenice theatre, at Venice in 1820.Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z|Anatole Cerfberr and Jules Franois Christophe
British Dictionary definitions for prima donna
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Cultural 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.”