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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’.
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The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century.
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Too many prima donnas who spit out their dummies at the mention of discipline and would sooner face the camera than the truth.
There is a basic feminist premise throughout this book that implies that for all of the power these prima donnas held, they were still dominated by the men in charge of most institutions during this period.
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They had sound problems early on but held the crowd together by telling jokes, instead of behaving like huffy prima donnas.
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So if you're going to beat up the prima donnas for being too elitist, find a better stick than a competition which is so snobbish that a Royal's horse only has to break wind to make the short-list.
Not normally one to be associated with 'the beautiful game', it's got to such a state that even the Queen has been pushed to remark that football's a wonderful game but the players such prima donnas.
The pair accused each other of being prima donnas and an argument broke out when they disagreed about who should walk in front when they returned the Celebrity Chest to camp.
Don't worry about the prima donnas who won't play for him.
Sorry, that's an insult to schoolboys - overpaid prima donnas.
As the nation slept and young parents like me were blearily calming down hyper-active weeuns, the biggest shower of over-paid prima-donnas were praising and analysing more prima donnas giving wee gold statues to more highly other prima-donnas.