\ 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

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Other Words from prince

princeship \ ˈprin(t)s-​ˌship How to pronounce princeship (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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Take New York Times opinion writer Bari Weiss’s himpathetic, and incoherent, response to the initial Kavanaugh accusations, for example: Brett Kavanaugh has a reputation as being a prince of a man, frankly, other than this. Sean Illing, Vox, "Brett Kavanaugh and the problem of “himpathy”," 28 Sep. 2018 Von Dutch was the king and Dean Jeffries was the prince. Dan Deluca,, "Ry Cooder, one of the great guitarists of all time, will give his first Philadelphia performance in decades," 29 June 2018 His changes amount to a youth revolution directed from the top down, by a prince in his palace, rather than from the bottom up, by angry demonstrators on the streets. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 June 2018 Kensington Palace tweeted its support for the prince on Sunday. Hilary Weaver, Vanities, "Prince Harry Reveals He Went to Therapy to Deal with Princess Diana’s Death," 17 Apr. 2017 There’s action: the movie lovingly rips a page out of the Beauty and the Beast playbook and has the prince save Amber from wolves attacking her in the woods. Kelsea Stahler, Teen Vogue, "Netflix Original Christmas Movies: A Guide to the Cheesy Holiday Flicks," 11 Dec. 2018 Season two—as everyone bemoaned—was largely a dry spell, even as Jamie frequented a brothel with the bonnie prince. Wendy Naugle, Glamour, "Outlander's Sex Scenes Are More Than Hot—They're Genuinely Feminist," 7 Dec. 2018 Turkish investigators have claimed that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents associated with the Saudi prince Mohammad Bin Salman during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Botnets adapt in wake of Twitter crackdown," 19 Oct. 2018 Margaret falls in love with Stacy’s coworker, while Stacy falls in love with Margaret’s prince fiancé. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Here's Every Netflix Original Christmas Movie Coming This Winter," 18 Oct. 2018

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of prince

: a male member of a royal family especially : the son or grandson of a king or queen
: a male ruler or monarch in some countries
: a man who is the best in his class, profession, etc.


\ 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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