\ 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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According to King George V’s 1917 letters patent, the oldest son of the Prince of Wales’s oldest son (so Prince George) is entitled to be styled His Royal Highness and a prince. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Might Reject a Royal Title for Their Baby," 18 Apr. 2019 Charlie, who is marrying Daisy Jenks, not only went to Ludgrove Prep School with the prince, but also reportedly ushered for his wedding. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry Are Reportedly Going to a Wedding on Her Birthday," 28 July 2018 King, the prince of nonviolence, received steady streams of criticism from politicians, journalists and clergy for engaging in peaceful demonstrations that, by stoking the anger of white supremacists, threatened to turn violent at any moment. Peniel E. Joseph, Washington Post, "America’s nonviolent civil rights movement was considered uncivil by critics at the time," 4 July 2018 Nader is an emissary for the princes of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Billy House,, "Trump Vents About ‘$20 Million Witch Hunt’ After Gulf-Ties Story," 20 May 2018 That prince of England and the American actress aren't the only celebrities getting hitched this month. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Drew Scott of 'Property Brothers' swaps suit for kilt to marry Linda Phan | The Kansas City Star," 14 May 2018 Debt helped make Trump in the first place, allowing the prince of an outer-borough apartment empire to play a king in Manhattan. Anchorage Daily News, "As the 'king of debt,' Trump borrowed to build his empire. Then he began spending hundreds of millions in cash.," 6 May 2018 According to the excerpt, Markle had been traveling for her college best friend Lindsay Roth’s bachelorette party to Greece in June 2016 shortly before her July meet-cute with the prince. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Everything We Know About Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s First Date," 16 Apr. 2018 According to the listing, the 18,000-square-foot Castello di Sismano was gifted by Emperor Otto in the year 962 to the princes of Corsini, two of which became popes. Kari Costas, ELLE Decor, "Buy This Castle And Own A Mini-Kingdom," 30 Mar. 2016

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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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