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a woman who rules an empire; the wife or widow of an emperor
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impress – to apply pressure; to affect or influence strongly; to compel someone to serve in the military
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1. The female ruler of an empire.
2. The wife or widow of an emperor.
[Middle English emperesse, from Old French, feminine of empereor, emperor; see emperor.]
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the wife or widow of an emperor
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a woman who holds the rank of emperor in her own right
3. a woman of great power and influence
[C12: from Old French empereriz, from Latin imperātrix feminine of imperātor emperor]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. a female ruler of an empire.
2. the consort of an emperor.
[1125–75; < Old French empereriz < Latin imperātrīcem, acc. of imperātrix, feminine of imperātor. See emperor, -trix]
usage: See -ess.
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|Noun||1.||empress - a woman emperor or the wife of an emperor|
emperor - the male ruler of an empire
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Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
empress[ˈemprɪs] N → emperatriz f
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
empress[ˈɛmprɪs] n → impératrice f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
n → Kaiserin f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
empress[ˈɛmprɪs] n → imperatrice f
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995