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prima donna

[ pree-muh don-uh, prim-uh; Italian pree-mah dawn-nah ]SEE DEFINITION OF prima donna
  • nounprincipal female performer
  • nountemperamental person

Synonyms for prima donna

  • diva
  • first lady
  • headliner
  • lead vocalist
  • leading lady
  • opera singer
  • singer
  • soloist
  • star
  • superstar
  • superwoman
  • topliner
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PRIMA DONNA

The only solo-vocalist was the prima donna par excellence, Mdlle.

“I could be Queen of England as easily as I could be a prima donna,” she said mournfully.

The tenor of the San Marco troupe rose with the prima donna.

The prima donna was singing the jewel-song from Faust, and not badly.

One prima donna, said her father, was enough for any family.

I'm a prima donna when it comes to singin' that ole favorite.

Ask one or two, please—a prima donna of some kind and a pianist, I think.

They can always count on me for anything from wardrobe mistress to prima donna.

You would have supposed them to be talking about a prima donna concert.

The prima donna dropped the bunch of roses on the seat beside her.

WORD ORIGIN

1782, "principal female singer in an opera," from Italian prima donna "first lady," from Latin prima, fem. of primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + domina "lady" (see dame). Meaning "temperamental person" first recorded 1834.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR PRIMA DONNA

actress

nounwoman actor
  • diva
  • ingenue
  • leading lady
  • prima donna
  • starlet
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