- a first or principal female singer of an opera company.
- a temperamental person; a person who takes adulation and privileged treatment as a right and reacts with petulance to criticism or inconvenience.
Origin of prima donna
Related Words for prima donnacrybaby, singer, star, diva, headliner, soloist, superstar, superwoman, topliner, egotist, narcissist, princess
Examples from the Web for prima donna
Historical Examples of prima donna
One might have thought she was applauding the prima-donna; but no, she was applauding herself.Manasseh
I must have the good-will of all, be obeyed by all, from prima-donna to scene-shifter.Great Musical Composers
George T. Ferris
"Prima-donna—prima-donna," she murmured softly and wonderingly.The Red Debt
Incidentally, it was learned that dolls were tabooed by this prima-donna in pinafores.
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- a female operatic star; diva
- informal a temperamental person
Word Origin 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.”