crown prince


: a male heir apparent to a crown or throne
: one prepared or favored to fill a prospective position

Examples of crown prince in a Sentence

the Crown Prince of Spain He's been heralded as the crown prince of jazz.
Recent Examples on the Web The only party to these negotiations who publicly seemed to be addressing Palestinian concerns was Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince, who is reputed to be contemptuous of the Palestinian cause but compelled to address it at least nominally because of Saudi public opinion. TIME, 14 Oct. 2023 As part of the kingdom’s and crown prince’s rehabilitation on the world stage, the country has pursued reconciliation and rapprochement with various rivals and states from Qatar and Turkey to Iran and Yemen’s Houthis, as well as Syria’s Bashar al-Assad. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Oct. 2023 President Biden spoke with the Saudi crown prince about efforts to contain the conflict, while United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres emphasized the need to protect civilians. WSJ, 25 Oct. 2023 Saudi Arabia’s crown prince looked starry-eyed at the dynamism of Israel’s tech sector; Dubai became a magnet for Israeli tourists. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 16 Oct. 2023 The prosecutors have exposed the schemes of one autocratic Arab ally just as President Biden appears to be placing a new level of trust in another one next door, Saudi Arabia’s crown prince. David D. Kirkpatrick, The New Yorker, 15 Oct. 2023 The Saudi crown prince even had a phone call with the president of Iran, the kingdom’s longtime rival and Hamas’s chief backer. Ghaith Al-Omari, Foreign Affairs, 13 Oct. 2023 The Saudi crown prince was doing a U.S. public-relations blitz, meeting with Michael Bloomberg and Oprah, among others, and Minhaj set up a meeting at the Saudi Embassy in D.C. to discuss the prospect of a sit-down with him. Clare Malone, The New Yorker, 15 Sep. 2023 But the Saudi crown prince’s penchant for moonshots isn’t just a matter of words. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 23 May 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of crown prince was in 1791

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“Crown prince.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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crown prince

: the prince next in line for a crown or throne

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