Definition of empress noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈemprəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈemprəs//
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  1. 1a woman who is the ruler of an empire the Empress of Egypt
  2. 2the wife of an emperor
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French emperesse, feminine of emperere, from Latin imperator ‘military commander’, from imperare ‘to command’, from in- ‘towards’ + parare ‘prepare, contrive’.
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