empress

See also: Empress

EnglishEdit

 
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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English emperice, emperesse, from Anglo-Norman and Old French empereriz, from Latin imperatrix, equivalent to emperor +‎ -ess. Doublet of imperatrix. Compare modern French impératrice.

Alternative formsEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈɛmpɹəs/
  • (file)

NounEdit

empress (plural empresses)

  1. The female monarch (ruler) of an empire.
  2. The wife or widow of an emperor or equated ruler.
  3. (tarot) The third trump or major arcana card of most tarot decks.
  4. (rare) A female chimpanzee.
  5. A deciduous tree, Paulownia tomentosa
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English empresse, from Anglo-Norman enpresser (to press, to imprint), from Old French empresser. Attested from the 15th or late 14th century.[1]

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

empress (third-person singular simple present empresses, present participle empressing, simple past and past participle empressed)

  1. Rare form of impress.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ empress, v.”, in OED Online  , Oxford, Oxfordshire: Oxford University Press, March 2014.