\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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Sensitive Pisceans will revel in the warm-hearted love story between an undercover reporter named Amber (Rose McIver) and a bachelor prince (Ben Lamb) in this Netflix original. Marilyn La Jeunesse, Teen Vogue, "The Best Christmas Movies to Watch According to Your Zodiac Sign," 26 Nov. 2018 The prince was seen galloping over to his car after the nuptails, pageboy outfit and all, according to a gif shared by Sky TV. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince George Skipping at Princess Eugenie's Wedding Is a Whole Mood," 12 Oct. 2018 According to the website Baby Name Wizard the name George, while still unusual, has risen in popularity since the young prince was born in 2013. Josh Duboff, Vanities, "The Name of Royal Baby #3 Has Been Revealed," 27 Apr. 2018 The baby will be known as His Royal Highness Prince Louis of Cambridge. -- Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) April 27, 2018 The prince was born April 23 in London, the royal couple's third child and second son. Leada Gore,, "New royal baby named; how do you pronounce prince's name?," 27 Apr. 2018 The baby prince was born on Monday at 11:01 a.m. at 8lbs, 7oz. Erin Hill,, "Prince William and Kate Middleton Reveal Their Royal Baby Boy's Name!," 27 Apr. 2018 Since the youngest prince was born on Monday, royal watchers hoped for an announcement on Wednesday—but none came. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "This Might Be Why Will and Kate Are Waiting Longer to Announce Their Third Child's Name," 26 Apr. 2018 It's officially been two whole days since the new baby prince was born. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "The Royal Baby's Name Might Have Been Revealed By Prince William," 25 Apr. 2018 The baby prince was born on Monday and because the names of his older siblings, Prince George and Princess Charlotte, were revealed two days after their births, royal watchers waited with bated breath on Wednesday. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "Did Prince William hint at royal baby's name? How long must we wait and wait and ... | The Kansas City Star," 25 Apr. 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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