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prima donnanoun [C usually singular]

uk   /ˌpriː.məˈdɒn.ə/  us   /-ˈdɑː.nə/
the most ​importantfemalesinger in an operacompany disapproving someone who ​demands to be ​treated in a ​special way and is ​difficult to ​please: I had to ​entertainvisitingauthors and some of them were ​realprima donnas.
prima donna-ish
adjective uk   us   /-ɪʃ/ disapproving
prima donna-ish ​behaviour
(Definition of prima donna from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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prima donnanoun [C]

 us   /ˈprim·əˈdɑn·ə, ˈpri·mə-/ (plural prima donnas)
the most ​important woman ​singing in an ​operacompany, or disapproving a ​person who is ​difficult to ​please and who ​expects to be ​treatedbetter than anyone ​else: The ​performance was ​met with enough ​applause to ​please the most ​demanding prima donna.
(Definition of prima donna from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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