\ˈprin(t)s \

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 \ noun

Synonyms for prince


baron, captain, czar (also tsar), king, lion, lord, magnate, mogul, monarch, tycoon

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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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Putin then reached over to shake the prince’s hand., "Russia shuts out Saudi Arabia in World Cup opener," 14 June 2018 The figure is bust-length and head-on or in profile, like a Renaissance prince or lady, posed with casual gravity before a background whose contrasting blankness heightens the specificity of individual features. Christopher Knight,, "Dan McCleary's paintings: Life at its peak beauty, but then what?," 14 June 2018 Harry Aubrey-Fletcher Harry Aubrey-Fletcher is one of William’s close friends from school, attending both prep school with the prince and, later, Eton College. Maura Hohman,, "Prince Louis' Godparents Have Finally Been Revealed!," 9 July 2018 Pressure from investors, combined with a prince in a hurry to transform his country, could jeopardize the long-term approach that has made Aramco a dominant force. Stanley Reed, New York Times, "An Oil Giant Is Taking Big Steps. Saudi Arabia Can’t Afford for It to Slip.," 16 June 2018 The prince has also overhauled the state security police, recruiting former Egyptian officers to hound dissidents. The Economist, "The calculations of Muhammad bin Salman," 7 June 2018 There have been several meetings, Russia is somehow connected, there was an offer for social media help in the election, and the UAE princes didn’t want Hillary Clinton to win. Tara Golshan, Vox, "Vox Sentences: Venezuela’s Maduro wins again, shocking no one," 22 May 2018 The dark prince of corporate raiders shuns the usual clutch of outside attorneys, investment bankers, and PR firms that rival activists assemble for their assaults. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Paper Jam! How Carl Icahn And a Billionaire Partner Blocked Xerox’s Merger with Fujifilm," 21 May 2018 This plan worries conservative royalists, as did the emotional interviews the princes gave on the 20th anniversary of their mother's death. Ellen Barry, Anchorage Daily News, "‘I’m American. I hug.’ Meghan Markle’s impact on the British monarchy," 19 May 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.


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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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