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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While crown prince, the king made his pet poodle, since deceased, an air marshal. The Economist, "Relations between Thailand’s army and king are becoming one-sided," 5 Sep. 2019 Facebook also axed hundreds of inauthentic pages originating from Saudi Arabia that promoted crown prince Mohammad bin Salman's agenda, while smearing Saudi neighbors as well as Al-Jazeera and Amnesty International. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Security News This Week: Apple Contractors Will Stop Listening to Your Siri Recordings—For Now," 3 Aug. 2019 The changes were widely celebrated by Saudis on Twitter, including posting memes showing people dashing to the airport with luggage and others hailing the 33-year-old crown prince believed to be the force behind these moves. NBC News, "Saudi Arabia law change allows women to travel without male consent," 2 Aug. 2019 The 33-year-old crown prince has grand plans to diversify the kingdom’s oil-dependent economy. Rory Jones, WSJ, "Saudi Aramco to Buy Majority Stake in Petrochemicals Producer Sabic for $69.1 Billion," 27 Mar. 2019 The war is the brainchild of Mohammed bin Salman, the 32-year-old crown prince of Saudi Arabia and defense minister. Alex Ward, Vox, "The Pentagon doesn’t know if US-made bombs killed kids in Yemen," 9 Aug. 2018 The 32-year-old crown prince has shaken up his deeply conservative country, pushing through dramatic social reforms, including allowing women to drive. Fox News, "Archbishop: Saudi leader wants different faiths to flourish," 8 Mar. 2018 Cleaning up bad business practices, the government said, was a major part of efforts by Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s 32-year-old crown prince, to reform the kingdom. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Saudi Arabia Says Detainees Handed Over More Than $100 Billion," 30 Jan. 2018 President Trump has repeatedly defended the crown prince and vetoed legislative efforts to punish Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi’s killing and to curtail U.S. military support for the kingdom. Claire Parker, Washington Post, "A jailed Saudi activist was told she would be released if she denied being tortured, her family says. She refused.," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of crown prince

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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