Meaning of “empress” in the English Dictionary

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"empress" in British English

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empressnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈem.prəs/ us /ˈem.prəs/

a female ruler of an empire, or the wife of a male ruler of an empire

See also


  • Queen Victoria was Empress of India as well as Queen of Great Britain.
  • We visited the tomb of Zhu Yijun and his two empresses.
  • Empress Josephine's marriage to Napoleon was dissolved in 1809.
  • She looked extremely grand and untouchable, like an empress, sitting in that coach.
  • This collection of jewels once belonged to a Russian empress, Catherine the Great.

Examples from literature

  • The leader was called an emperor or an empress. 

(Definition of “empress” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)