Pronunciation: (prē"mu don'u, prim"u; It.prē'mä dôn'nä), [key]
—pl. pri•ma don•nas, It. pri•me don•nePronunciation: (prē'me dôn'ne). [key]
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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