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a prima donna

1. The lead female singer in an opera company. This Italian phrase means "first lady." With her voice, I'm sure that Shirley will be named the opera company's prima donna.
2. One who is very demanding and temperamental. Kathleen is such a prima donna—there's just no pleasing her.
See also: Donna, prima
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