noun prin·ci·pal·i·ty \ˌprin(t)-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē\

: a small area or country that is ruled by a prince

plural prin·ci·pal·i·ties

Full Definition of PRINCIPALITY

a :  the state, office, or authority of a prince
b :  the position or responsibilities of a principal (as of a school)
:  the territory or jurisdiction of a prince :  the country that gives title to a prince
plural :  an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy

First Known Use of PRINCIPALITY

14th century

Other Government and Politics Terms

agent provocateur, agitprop, autarky, cabal, egalitarianism, federalism, hegemony, plenipotentiary, popular sovereignty, socialism
PRINCIPALITY Defined for Kids


noun prin·ci·pal·i·ty \ˌprin-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē\
plural prin·ci·pal·i·ties

Definition of PRINCIPALITY for Kids

:  a small territory that is ruled by a prince <the principality of Monaco>


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