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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English emperice, emperesse, from Anglo-Norman and Old French emperiz, emperesse, from Latin imperatrix.



empress ‎(plural empresses)

  1. The female monarch (ruler) of an empire.
  2. The wife or widow of an emperor or equated ruler (e.g. Persian shah).
  3. (rare) A female chimpanzee.
  4. A deciduous tree, Paulownia tomentosa
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Etymology 2[edit]

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empress ‎(third-person singular simple present empresses, present participle empressing, simple past and past participle empressed)

  1. Alternative form of impress