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empress

[em-pris] /ˈɛm prɪs/
noun
1.
a female ruler of an empire.
2.
the consort of an emperor.
Origin
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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Examples for empresses
  • Fujiwara daughters were thus the usual empresses and mothers of emperors.
  • None of these empresses married or gave birth after ascending the throne.
British Dictionary definitions for empresses

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 empresses
empress
mid-12c., emperice, from O.Fr. emperesse, fem. of emperere (see emperor).
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