prima donna[prē′mə dän′ə, prim′ə]
- the principal woman singer in an opera or concert
- Informal a temperamental, vain, or arrogant person
Origin: It, lit., first lady
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- The leading woman soloist in an opera company.
- A temperamental, conceited person.
Origin: Italian : prima, feminine of primo, first + donna, lady.
prima donna - Cultural Definition
A vain and overly sensitive person who is temperamental and difficult to work with: “That Jenkins girl is a good gymnast, but she certainly is a prima donna.” In opera, the prima donna is the principal female soloist. From Italian, meaning “first lady.”