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1. The consort of an emperor.

2. A female sovereign.

3. A sovereign mistress. Empress of my soul. empress cloth, a cloth for ladies dresses, either wholly of wool, or with cotton warp and wool weft. It resembles merino, but is not twilled.

Origin: oe. Empress, emperice, OF. Empereis, empereris, fr. L. Imperatrix, fem. Of imperator. See emperor.