You may hear and read a lot about the likes of Princesses Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle. Just like the older generation was crazy over Princess Diana, generation after generation continues to adore and love princesses.
So today, shall we learn how to say ‘princess’ in Korean, and have a royal good time!
‘Princess’ in Korean
The main word for how to say ‘princess’ in Korean is 공주 (gongju).
This is almost exclusively the only word used to refer to princess, in both fables and fairytales as well as in real life. However, you can also use the word 왕자비 (wangjabi) to refer to real life’s royal princesses from Diana to Kate. This word is more commonly used in a literary and academic sense rather than in everyday speech, unlike the word 공주.
The word 왕녀 (wangnyeo) also means ‘princess’ but it is not currently in much use. Lastly, the words 황태자비 (hwangtaejabi) and 왕세자비 (wangsejabi) both mean ‘crown princess’.
Of the two, 왕세자비 is more of an everyday word, whereas 황태자비 is more academic.
A word of caution about Romanization
While it is possible for you to study the words in this article simply by reading their romanized versions, it will come in handy for you to be able to read Hangeul if you ever wish to come to Korea. Hangeul is the Korean alphabet, and not difficult to learn. In fact, you can learn it in just 90 minutes.
After you’ve familiarized yourself with Hangeul, life in Korea will suddenly seem so much easier and the country won’t appear so foreign for you. So, if you’re serious about learning Korean, why not learn Hangeul today?
Standard Korean Example Sentences
1. You can use these sentences in just about every situation, they’re considered polite.
디아나 왕자비는 언제 죽었어요? → When did Princess Diana die?
diana wangjabineun eonje jugeosseoyo?
2. 세계에서 왕녀가 몇명 있어요? → How many royal princesses are there in the world?
segyeeseo wangnyeoga myeonmyeong isseoyo?
3. 제일 최근에, 영국 황태자비는 누구였지요? → Who was the most recent Princess of Wales, again?
jeil choegeune, yeongguk hwangtaejabineun nuguyeotjiyo?
Informal Korean Example Sentences
This style of speaking is used with friends, family, or others that you're close with.
1. 이 드레스를 입을때 공주처럼 보이지? → I look like a princess when I wear this dress, don’t I?
i deureseureul ibeulttae gongjucheoreom boiji?
2. 제일 좋아하는 디즈니 공주는 누구야? → Who’s your favorite Disney princess?
jeil joahaneun dijeuni gongjuneun nuguya?
3. 나는 영화배우나 가수말고 왕세자비인 것 같아 보이고 싶어. → I want to appear like a crown princess, as opposed to a movie actress or a singer.
naneun yeonghwabaeuna gasumalgo wangsejabiin geot gata boigo sipeo.