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 Originlate 18th cent.: Italian, literally ‘first lady’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prima donna