a female ruler of an empire.
the consort of an emperor.

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

See -ess.
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empress (ˈɛmprɪs)
1.  the wife or widow of an emperor
2.  a woman who holds the rank of emperor in her own right
3.  a woman of great power and influence
[C12: from Old French empereriz, from Latin imperātrix feminine of imperātoremperor]

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Word Origin & History

mid-12c., emperice, from O.Fr. emperesse, fem. of emperere (see emperor).
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Example sentences
His empress, who has the political instincts he lacks, speaks up freely before
  she's taken away from him.
All of this is a play on words to empress investors.
Yellow silk was worn only by the emperor, empress, or empress dowager.
The image seemed exactly right, a modernist throne for the empress of modern
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