crown prince

noun

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.
Recent Examples on the Web A few years back, tech entrepreneur and Indiana native Andrew Lee found out he was related to Yi Seok, a royal descendent of the Joseon dynasty, who went on to name Lee crown prince in 2018. Los Angeles Times, "Today: The contact tracer’s struggle," 2 Dec. 2020 President Trump, though, has been an ardent supporter of the crown prince, who is sometimes referred to by his initials, MBS. Washington Post, "Trump administration weighing legal immunity for Saudi crown prince accused in assassination plot," 21 Dec. 2020 Three years ago, Mohammed bin Salman was named crown prince. Jay Nordlinger, National Review, "How Fares Freedom?," 17 Dec. 2020 Members of their ruling families, such as Dubai’s ruler and Bahrain’s crown prince, have been among the prominent early volunteers for the vaccine, making the region an early success in China’s vaccine diplomacy efforts. Tripti Lahiri, Quartz, "What we know about China’s coronavirus vaccines," 4 Dec. 2020 Now, the crown prince and his wife, Princess Nana Lee, have paid $12.6 million for a 20-acre estate in the Hidden Valley community. Los Angeles Times, "Today: The contact tracer’s struggle," 2 Dec. 2020 Mike Pompeo, America’s secretary of state, was also in the kingdom, meeting Muhammad bin Salman, the powerful crown prince, in Neom, a new high-tech city that the prince is building in the north of the country. The Economist, "Israel and Saudi Arabia send a clear signal to Iran—and Joe Biden," 23 Nov. 2020 Pompeo will be in Riyadh for the summit and to meet with the crown prince, who has denied involvement in Khashoggi’s killing. Washington Post, "Saudi critics use Group of 20 summit to highlight human rights concerns," 20 Nov. 2020 The young crown prince has also relaxed social rules for cinemas and curbed the powers of religious police. NBC News, "Saudi G20 event slammed over kingdom's treatment of women," 26 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of crown prince

1791, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Crown prince.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/crown%20prince. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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crown prince

noun

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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