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empress

[em-pris] /ˈɛm prɪs/
noun
1.
a female ruler of an empire.
2.
the consort of an emperor.
Origin of empress
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English emperice, emperesse < Anglo-French; Old French emperesse, empereriz < Latin imperātrīcem, accusative of imperātrix, feminine of imperātor. See emperor, -trix
Usage note
See -ess.
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  • The empress had three sons—Alexander, Constantine and Nicholas.

    The Empire of Russia John S. C. Abbott
  • Or I will be empress of beautiful women, if that is his pleasure, and give him all an empress's love.

    The Bacillus of Beauty Harriet Stark
  • At last, she demanded a minute description of the empress's person, saying with a smile.

  • The Marshal answered that he desired him to repair to the empress.

  • It seems to me, therefore, highly probable that in fixing the site of Calvary the empress was rightly guided.

    Eothen A. W. Kinglake
British Dictionary definitions for empress

empress

/ˈɛmprɪs/
noun
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
Word Origin
C12: from Old French empereriz, from Latin imperātrix feminine of imperātoremperor
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Word Origin and History for empress
n.

mid-12c., emperice, from Old French emperesse, fem. of emperere (see emperor). Queen Victoria in 1876 became one as "Empress of India."

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