\ 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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From Morgan's take on the tea controversy to too many gems from Julie Ertz to choose from, here are our top 10 favorites from the shoot: No. 8: No need to go looking for a frog prince, Allie Long. Kellen Becoats,, "The USWNT’s Top 10 Poses With the Women’s World Cup Trophy," 7 July 2019 Among James and Lachlan Murdoch, the two princes jousting for control of the actual empire, take your pick between Kieran Culkin, who plays the reckless Roman, and Jeremey Strong, who plays his ruthless but inept brother, Kendall. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "Confirmed: Yes, Rupert Murdoch's Family Enjoys Watching "Succession"," 8 Apr. 2019 On Wednesday, the prince took the stage next to Mr. Hariri, in a show of confidence. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Saudi Crown Prince Pledges Justice for Journalist’s Death," 24 Oct. 2018 Both Saudi women, and the prince himself, have decided to test a historical pattern. Rafia Zakaria, The New Republic, "Driving Toward Change," 23 June 2018 Markle and the prince then took part in a carriage procession through the town of Windsor, which was watched by a select number of guests invited from across England. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Here's Your Very First Photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle as Newlyweds," 19 May 2018 Previously, princes took precedence over their older sisters, and the only way a royal daughter could inherit the crown was if there were no living sons. Sophie Dodd,, "How Does the Birth of a New Prince Change the Royal Line of Succession?," 24 Apr. 2018 The prince, born in 1762 in Africa, in what is now the republic of Guinea, was the son of a king, studied at the university of Timbuktu, was married and had a son., "Cruising the Mississippi River: New ships, insightful port excursions update a nostalgic float," 23 June 2019 The prince, then 97, was not injured in the collision, but Emma Fairweather, 47, a passenger in the Kia, suffered a broken arm. Martha Ross, The Mercury News, "Prince William and Kate Middleton hope to visit grandmother injured by their motorcade," 20 June 2019

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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.


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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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