prima donna

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pri·ma donna

 (prē′mə, prĭm′ə)
n.
1. The leading woman soloist in an opera company.
2. A temperamental, conceited person.

[Italian : prima, feminine of primo, first + donna, lady.]

prima donna

(ˈpriːmə ˈdɒnə)
n, pl prima donnas
1. (Classical Music) a female operatic star; diva
2. informal a temperamental person
[C19: from Italian: first lady]

pri•ma don•na

(ˌpri mə ˈdɒn ə, ˌprɪm ə)

n., pl. prima don•nas.
1. a first or principal female singer of an opera company.
2. a vain, temperamental person who expects privileged treatment.
[1760–70; < Italian: literally, first lady; see prime, duenna]

prima donna

- Meaning "principal female singer in an opera," it is from the same Italian phrase meaning "first lady"; the meaning "temperamental person" was first recorded in 1834.
See also related terms for opera.

prima donna

An Italian phrase meaning first lady, used to mean a female opera star or a person who is temperamental and hard to work with.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.prima donna - a vain and temperamental person
disagreeable person, unpleasant person - a person who is not pleasant or agreeable
2.prima donna - a distinguished female operatic singerprima donna - a distinguished female operatic singer; a female operatic star
opera star, operatic star - singer of lead role in an opera

prima donna

noun diva, star, leading lady, female lead her career as prima donna with the opera company
Translations
المُغَنِّيَة الأولى في الأوبرا
první pěvkyně
primadonna
primadonna
prímadonna, aîalsöngkona
primadona
baş kadın oyuncu

prima donna

[ˈpriːməˈdɒnə] N (prima donna or prima donnas (pl)) → primadonna f, diva f (fig) → persona f difícil, persona f de reacciones imprevisibles

prima donna

[ˌpriːməˈdɒnə] n (= singer) → prima donna f
to behave like a prima donna (fig)se comporter comme une diva

prima donna

n (lit, fig)Primadonna f

prima donna

[ˈpriːməˈdɒnə] nprimadonna
she is a real prima donna (pej) → fa la primadonna

prima

(ˈpriːmə) : prima ballerina
the leading female dancer in a ballet company.
prima donna (-ˈdonə)
a leading female opera singer.
References in classic literature ?
Our young prima donna shall come in the evening, and sing to us.
The future prima donna had done practicing her scales, and was trying her voice now in selections from Italian operas.
And then," he resumed, "shall I go to my young prima donna upstairs and leave you here alone?
Thursday the girls had a drive in the park, and in the evening Miss Barry took them to a concert in the Academy of Music, where a noted prima donna was to sing.
Later he met a prima donna, fell in love with and married her, forsook telephony for ballooning, and lost his life in attempting to fly across the English Channel.
Sixteen essays, two "interludes," and an excellent introductory chapter instead refract the image of the prima donna through different critical lenses, revealing a dazzling array of prima donnas--historical, fictional, mythical--that destabilize the very identity of this category.
So if the Government wants trainee nurses to spend a year 'auxilliaring' then the RCN should be backing it and not behaving like a bunch of prima donnas.
We acted like prima donnas and got what we deserved," fumed Sheppard.
What about those overpaid prima donnas who turned up and then bottled it?
FURIOUS Ayr officials reckon prima donnas in West of Scotland's ranks made a mockery of their battle to beat a frozen pitch.
Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott, Stories of Mummies, Geese, Pigs, Flies, Prima Donnas & Little Women" is the eighteenth volume in the Graphic Classics series of comics adaptations of great literature.
I'm sure I don't speak for myself when I say it is refreshing to forget about prima donnas for a while.