Definition of prima donna noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    prima donna

    BrE BrE//ˌpriːmə ˈdɒnə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌpriːmə ˈdɑːnə//
    People in theatre
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  1. 1the main woman singer in an opera performance or an opera company See related entries: People in theatre
  2. 2(disapproving) a person who thinks they are very important because they are good at something, and who behaves badly when they do not get what they want
  3. Word Origin late 18th cent.: Italian, literally ‘first lady’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prima donna