prima donna

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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.

(a) ˌprima ˈdonna

(from Italian, disapproving) a person who thinks they are very important because they are good at something, and who behaves badly when they do not get what they want: Stop behaving like a prima donna — you’re not the only person around here.In her new film, Victoria plays a prima donna television presenter.
The prima donna is the main woman singer in an opera performance or an opera company. The phrase means ‘first lady’.
References in classic literature ?
Later he met a prima donna, fell in love with and married her, forsook telephony for ballooning, and lost his life in attempting to fly across the English Channel.
Winner: Prize is a Prima Donna De Luxe machine and 4 x 1KG of Espre beans, equivalent to a coffee a day for a year.
Adelina Patti was perhaps the most celebrated singer of her time and, as a prima donna, unique.
THE PARTY of presidential candidate Rodrigo Duterte called Vice President Jejomar Binay a prima donna for delaying the presidential debate on Sunday at the University of the Philippines in Cebu.
Being a prima donna in the 19th century - a leading star in operatic circles - was an extraordinary licence for women to assume," Prof Cowgill said.
The eccentric 67-year-old said last month: "Pandev's a very good playerbutobviously he is a prima donna, a player it's easy not to like.
The rapper pulled a prima donna act during a gig, swearing at techies and storming off stage.
By centering her study on several relatively unknown singers whose lives and careers can be adequately documented, we are given a more complete portrait of what it meant to be a prima donna in the second tier of singers rather than the prima donna assoluta who ruled the opera world.
If you think him a prima donna, spoiled or out of touch with the real world.
STEVEN Gerrard sent an impassioned message to Northern Ireland legend Gerry Armstrong, saying: I'm not a prima donna.
I HAVE to admit I was surprised that Gerrard is staying after he behaved like a prima donna.
To be a prima donna, then, or fa la prima donna (to play the prima donna) came in more generalised use to mean a spoiled, conceited or temperamental person some of which connotations have become synonymous with the term diva.
If you seriously consider hiring a prima donna, Toker says, weigh your ability to harness that strong producer against how he could disrupt business.
CHRIS Evans was branded a liar and a prima donna today by a High Court judge who threw out his multi-million-pound damages claim against the radio station where he was once the owner and star.
CHRIS EVANS (below) was branded a liar and a prima donna today by a High Court judge who threw out his multi-million pound damages claim against the radio station where he was once the owner and star.