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

Definition of prince

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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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
Recent Examples on the Web Increasingly, however, there were disasters too, such as the catastrophic sieges of Algiers in 1541 and Metz in 1552; Charles himself was almost captured the same year during an insurgency of former client princes in Germany. R.j.w. Evans, The New York Review of Books, "The Dream of World Monarchy," 27 May 2020 In a recent virtual panel, a UAE official and an influential Saudi prince called on the U.S. and China to put aside their differences in order to fight the virus. Sylvia Westall,, "Chinese Genetics Firm’s Testing in Middle East Raises New U.S. Tensions," 20 May 2020 The Thomas the Tank Engine intro, which was filmed in January before Prince Harry and Markle moved to Los Angeles, shows the prince in a cozy chair holding one of the beloved books. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Prince Harry Pulled a Meghan Markle and Booked a TV Gig," 28 Apr. 2020 These books are about love, travel, food, and a forbidden romance with an English prince. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Books That Will Help Your Brain Escape The Pandemic," 21 Apr. 2020 Later myths describe how those selected were usually society’s elite – kings, princes or virgins – who were to be sacrificed. Candida Moss, The Conversation, "Ancient Greeks purged city-states of disease as they would a human body – and it was the most vulnerable that suffered," 23 Mar. 2020 As obvious a mistake as this might seem (heard from any Nigerian princes lately?), a common ploy is to request cash or credit up front — most often for health insurance premiums — that the scammers promise to repay in the new hire's first paycheck. Anne Fisher, Fortune, "Too good to be true? Beware of fake online jobs," 2 Mar. 2020 John Wasserman, The Chronicle’s terrific music critic, was like the prince of darkness. Bruce Jenkins,, "Barry Tompkins and the stars: 'A different world'," 11 May 2020 Marc let the drawbridge down and let these young princes of New York enter. New York Times, "As Studio 54 Boogies to Brooklyn, Its Denizens Look Back in Wonder," 12 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of prince was in the 13th century

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31 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Prince.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce prince (audio)

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.


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Kids Definition of prince

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

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