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Meaning of prima donna

pri•ma don•na

Pronunciation: (prē"mu don'u, prim"uIt.prē'mä dôn'nä), [key]
— pl. pri•ma don•nas, pri•me don•ne
  1. a first or principal female singer of an opera company.
  2. a temperamental person; a person who takes adulation and privileged treatment as a right and reacts with petulance to criticism or inconvenience.
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