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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English emperice, emperesse, from Anglo-Norman and Old French empereriz, from Latin imperatrix, equivalent to emperor +‎ -ess. Compare modern French impératrice.


  • IPA(key): /ˈɛmpɹəs/
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empress (plural empresses)

  1. The female monarch (ruler) of an empire.
  2. The wife or widow of an emperor or equated ruler.
  3. (tarot) The third trump or major arcana card of most tarot decks.
  4. (rare) A female chimpanzee.
  5. 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