crown prince


Definition of crown prince 

1 : a male heir apparent to a crown or throne

2 : 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.

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And the crown prince’s effort to boost the private sector is strangely centralised. The Economist, "How to ensure Muhammad bin Salman’s reforms succeed," 23 June 2018 The superhero is Muhammad bin Salman, the powerful crown prince, still just 32. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 June 2018 The crown prince says his country took a wrong turn in 1979. The Economist, "Muslims but not brothersSaudi Arabia turns against political Islam," 23 June 2018 Pompeo met Abu Dhabi’s powerful crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and Foreign Minister Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan while on his short trip to the UAE. Matthew Lee, The Seattle Times, "Pompeo talks tough on Iran while visiting the Emirates," 10 July 2018 About 15 months ago, the artist Ahmed Mater was given a 10 minute audience with Saudi Arabia’s new crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud. James Tarmy,, "Saudi Arabia Is Planning a Massive, New Arts Center," 29 Jan. 2018 Get our daily newsletter Secular Saudi feminists won international attention in June when Muhammad bin Salman, the reform-leaning Saudi crown prince, ended the kingdom’s ban on women driving. The Economist, "Saudi women want more sway in religious affairs," 12 July 2018 Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, and Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful Saudi crown prince, meet at the opening game of the World Cup soccer tournament. Fortune, "Watch Out: This Could Be the World Economy's Most Important Week of 2018," 11 June 2018 Any rock star or Hollywood actor would envy the puff pieces Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman currently enjoys in the American press. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Mohammed bin Salman and the Death of Foreign Policy Debate," 6 Apr. 2018

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1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of crown prince

: a prince who is expected to become king when the current king or queen dies

: a man or boy who people expect to become a leader in some field

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