\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

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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Today, in the internet age, anyone can be a Nigerian prince. Margalit Fox, The Seattle Times, "Alan Abel, hoaxer extraordinaire, is (on good authority) dead at 94," 18 Sep. 2018 Climbing mountains and sinking pirate ships certainly looks more exciting than waiting for a rescuing prince. Noah Berlatsky, The Verge, "Netflix’s Disenchantment suggests the messy future of princess stories," 22 Aug. 2018 Growing as a prince Though Charles's younger years were filled with heartache, the future king, today, is thriving. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "A Rare Look Inside Prince Charles's Surprisingly Lonely and Heartbreaking Childhood," 16 Aug. 2018 International business leaders, officials and others have pulled out of the summit, and the event’s first day saw several speakers acknowledge the killing of the Saudi writer whose columns criticized the prince’s campaign of arrests and governance. Aya Batrawy, The Seattle Times, "Saudi prince to address summit darkened by Khashoggi slaying," 24 Oct. 2018 That means Prince William's children get prince/princess titles, but Prince Harry's kids won't. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's Baby: Everything You Need to Know," 18 Oct. 2018 Or rather, a former prince who due to unfortunate circumstances had been reduced to working as a janitor in Silicon Valley. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Google’s former PR boss Jessica Powell wrote a satirical novel about tech and published it all on Medium," 2 Oct. 2018 There were royal princes but had children’s palates. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Princess Diana spent her Saturday nights eating McDonald's with sons William and Harry, says former butler," 19 Sep. 2018 The two become fast friends and find themselves in budding romances with two handsome princes. Erin Nicole Celletti, Teen Vogue, "11 YA Books to Read Before Summer Ends," 7 Aug. 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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