prima donna

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Italian prima donna (first lady), from Latin prīma (feminine of prīmus (first)) + domina (lady).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

prima donna (plural prima donnas or primae donnae)

  1. (opera) The principal female singer or the leading lady.
  2. A person who considers himself or herself much more important than others, has high expectations of others and becomes angry when his or her standards or demands are not met.
    • 2018 January 1, Donald McRae, “The Guardian footballer of the year 2017: Juan Mata”, in the Guardian[1]:
      This year Mata has done more than anyone to give fresh belief that professional football is not only built on greed and staggering wages for its strutting prima donnas. The Manchester United and Spain midfielder, instead, has broken new ground and begun to use football’s power and wealth to help ordinary people around the world.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (self-important person) diva

Translations[edit]


Italian[edit]

Noun[edit]

prima donna f (plural prime donne)

  1. (music) prima donna

Portuguese[edit]

Noun[edit]

prima donna f (plural prima donnas or primas donnas)

  1. Alternative spelling of prima-dona