princesse

princess

[prin-sis, -ses, prin-ses]
noun
1.
a nonreigning female member of a royal family.
2.
History/Historical. a female sovereign or monarch; queen.
3.
the consort of a prince.
4.
(in Great Britain) a daughter or granddaughter (if the child of a son) of a king or queen.
5.
a woman considered to have the qualities or characteristics of a princess.
adjective
6.
Also, princesse. (of a woman's dress, coat, or the like) styled with a close-fitting bodice and flared skirt, cut in single pieces, as gores, from shoulder to hem.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English princesse < Middle French. See prince, -ess

princesslike, adjective
princessly, adjective


See -ess.
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princess (prɪnˈsɛs)
 
n
1.  (in Britain) a daughter of the sovereign or of one of the sovereign's sons
2.  a nonreigning female member of a sovereign family
3.  the wife and consort of a prince
4.  any very attractive or outstanding woman
5.  princess dress, Also called: princess line a style of dress with a fitted bodice and an A-line skirt that is shaped by seams from shoulder to hem without a seam at the waistline

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princess
late 14c., from O.Fr. princesse, fem. of prince. As a colloquial form of address to a woman or girl, it is recorded from 1924.
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