prima donna

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n prima donna a distinguished female operatic singer; a female operatic star
    • n prima donna a vain and temperamental person
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The leading female singer in an opera is called the prima donna.
    • Prima donna The first or chief female singer in an opera.
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Quotations

  • Barbara Walters
    Barbara Walters
    “Success can make you go one of two ways. It can make you a prima donna, or it can smooth the edges, take away the insecurities, let the nice things come out.”
  • Dan Rather
    Dan Rather
    “Performing doesn't turn me on. It's an egomaniac business, filled with prima donnas -- including this one.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It., fr. primo, prima, the first + donna, lady, mistress. See Prime (a.), and Donna

Usage

In literature:

Sibyl Sanderson, the American prima donna, whose career was in Paris, was the most irresistibly lovely vision ever seen in a tea gown.
"Woman as Decoration" by Emily Burbank
My name is Julian O'Farrell, but my mother was an Italian of Naples, once a prima donna.
"Everyman's Land" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
But we must admit that even in those days a prima donna had power, and that something had to be conceded to popular taste.
"Some Forerunners of Italian Opera" by William James Henderson
He read "The Rival Prima Donnas" with kindly eyes, and offered to stage it.
"Ten American Girls From History" by Kate Dickinson Sweetser
I'm a prima donna when it comes to singin' that ole favorite.
"David Lannarck, Midget" by George S. Harney
When she had done, the prima donna threw her arms about the girl and drew her to her bosom.
"Elsie Marley, Honey" by Joslyn Gray
Ain't it pretty enough to be a prima donna?
"Patchwork" by Anna Balmer Myers
THE YOUNG PRIMA DONNA.
"Helen and Arthur" by Caroline Lee Hentz
THE MYSTERIOUS PRIMA DONNA.
"Edmond Dantès" by Edmund Flagg
The prima donna took the missive from the man and glanced at the address upon the envelope.
"Monte-Cristo's Daughter" by Edmund Flagg
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In poetry:

A prima-donna in the shining past,
But now a mother growing old and gray,
She thinks of how she held a people fast
In thrall, and gleaned the triumphs of a day.
"Music In The Bush" by Robert W Service

In news:

"I DON'T want to be an artist," cried the soprano, "I want to be a prima donna".
Prima Donna ,' by Rufus Wainwright, Makes American Debut.
Cowboys' Dez Bryant is a prima donna receiver that just wants the ball thrown up there.
How to spot the prima donna syndrome.
Most sales managers I know have a love/hate relationship with the prima donna s on their sales teams.
Michael Crabtree – No prima donna .
Prima Donna,' by Rufus Wainwright, Makes American Debut.
Most sales managers I know have a love/hate relationship with the prima donnas on their sales teams.
Michael Crabtree – No prima donna.
"I DON'T want to be an artist, I want to be a prima donna.".
She's still a prima donna.
PRIMA DONNA at the Knitting Factory.
Alex Smith with his "prima-donna-ish" left tackle, Joe Staley.
Cherie's Prima donna persona .
The lesson to be learned from Randy Moss and the New England Patriots saga is how any business can properly deal with a prima donna.
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