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.

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(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 ?
This was especially the case when the pleasure was a delicate one, as his pleasures mostly were; and on this occasion the moment he looked forward to was so rare and exquisite in quality that--well, if he had timed his arrival in accord with the prima donna's stage-manager he could not have entered the Academy at a more significant moment than just as she was singing: "He loves me--he loves me not--HE LOVES ME!--" and sprinkling the falling daisy petals with notes as clear as dew.
" the prima donna sang, and "M'ama!", with a final burst of love triumphant, as she pressed the dishevelled daisy to her lips and lifted her large eyes to the sophisticated countenance of the little brown Faust-Capoul, who was vainly trying, in a tight purple velvet doublet and plumed cap, to look as pure and true as his artless victim.
Raoul, of course, was the first to be astonished at the prima donna's absence.
Toivakka is supported by a number of new international studies that have focused on individual prima donnas or more broadly on the prima donna phenomenon.
Prima Donna leggero is the light variety in the Prima Donna family and contains only 17.5 percent fat content (30 percent of the cheese).
The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century.
The Arts of the Prima Donna in the Long Nineteenth Century - co-edited by Prof Cowgill and Hilary Poriss - is thought to be the first study of the women who played some of the most iconic roles in opera.
ROGER FEDERER is not the prima donna type but he's very unimpressed that he can no longer find saccharine sweet Coca-Cola on tap in the locker room.
In the 19th century in Italy it became the common term applied to a principal female operatic singer or the prima donna.
Instead Marty, Mary and the RTE staff were happy to remain in the intimate surroundings of the Prima Donna restaurant and be entertained by live music.
The prima donna of the modelling world has well and truly surpassed herself on this occasion.
Nijinsky's modern physicality created a renaissance of male dancing, a revolution that rivaled the supremacy of the diva, the prima donna, the ballerina.
A Bob Schultz replies: I call that attitude the Prima Donna (or Prima Don) Syndrome.
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.
FOR all his Barnsley bluff there's always been something of the prima donna about Michael Parkinson.