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
Word Origin and History for prima donna
1782, "principal female singer in an opera," from Italian prima donna "first lady," from Latin prima, fem. of primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + domina "lady" (see dame). Meaning "temperamental person" first recorded 1834.
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.”