Etymology
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empress (n.)

"woman who rules over an empire," mid-12c., emperice, from Old French emperesse, fem. of emperere (see emperor). Queen Victoria in 1876 became one as "Empress of India."

updated on September 13, 2020

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Definitions of empress from WordNet

empress (n.)
a woman emperor or the wife of an emperor;
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