An empress is either a female emporer or the wife of an emporer. Either way, it's a powerful woman.

There are a lot of words that have gender built into them, like fireman and waitress. Another is empress, which is a female emperor. An emperor is like a king: a person with absolute power over a country. An empress is therefore like a queen. Also, just as a queen is the wife of a king, an empress might be the wife of an emperor, meaning she's not the ruler of the country but just married to the ruler.

Definitions of empress
  1. noun
    a woman emperor or the wife of an emperor
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    Catherine I
    empress of Russia who succeeded her husband Peter the Great (1684-1727)
    Catherine the Great
    empress of Russia who greatly increased the territory of the empire (1729-1796)
    Queen Victoria
    queen of Great Britain and Ireland and empress of India from 1837 to 1901; the last Hanoverian ruler of England (1819-1901)
    type of:
    the male ruler of an empire
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