\ ˈprin(t)s How to pronounce prince (audio) \

Definition of prince

1a : monarch, king
b : the ruler of a principality or state
2 : a male member of a royal family especially : a son of the sovereign
3 : a nobleman of varying rank and status
4 : one likened to a prince especially : a man of high rank or of high standing in his class or profession

Other Words from prince

princeship \ ˈprin(t)s-​ˌship How to pronounce prince (audio) \ noun

Examples of prince in a Sentence

a neighborhood in which the city's merchant princes built palaces that shamelessly celebrated their wealth
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First Known Use of prince

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for prince

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin princip-, princeps leader, initiator, from primus first + capere to take — more at heave entry 1

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20 May 2022

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“Prince.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ ˈprins How to pronounce prince (audio) \

Kids Definition of prince

2 : the son of a monarch
3 : a nobleman of very high or the highest rank

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