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prima donna

noun [C usually singular] uk   /ˌpriː.məˈdɒn.ə/ us    /-ˈdɑː.nə/
the most important female singer in an opera company disapproving someone who demands to be treated in a special way and is difficult to please: I had to entertain visiting authors and some of them were real prima donnas.
prima donna-ish
adjective uk   /-ɪʃ/ disapproving us  
prima donna-ish behaviour
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