prince

noun
\ 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 prince (audio) \ noun

Examples of prince in a Sentence

a neighborhood in which the city's merchant princes built palaces that shamelessly celebrated their wealth
Recent Examples on the Web Philip was born a prince of Greece and Denmark and, like the queen, is related to a thicket of European royal families. Danica Kirka And Jill Lawless, Chron, "Prince Philip is laid to rest as somber queen sits alone," 17 Apr. 2021 Philip was born a prince of Greece and Denmark and, like the queen, is related to a thicket of European royal families. Time, "Queen Sits Alone at Funeral for Prince Philip to Set Example," 17 Apr. 2021 Philip was born a prince of Greece and Denmark and, like the queen, is related to a thicket of European royal families. BostonGlobe.com, "Funeral to praise Philip’s ‘courage’ and support for queen," 17 Apr. 2021 Philip was born a prince of Greece and Denmark and, like the queen, is related to a thicket of European royal families. Arkansas Online, "Prince Philip is laid to rest as somber queen sits alone," 17 Apr. 2021 Philip was born a prince of Greece and Denmark and, like the queen, is related to a thicket of European royal families. Danica Kirka And Jill Lawless, chicagotribune.com, "Funeral to praise Prince Philip’s ‘courage’ and support for Queen Elizabeth II after 73 years of marriage," 17 Apr. 2021 As Tutar, the daughter of Kazakhstan’s prince of bad taste, Bakalova, a twenty-four-year-old Bulgarian actress, not only shared the film with its creator but underwent its most hazardous mission: spending time in a hotel room with Rudy Giuliani. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars Spotlight: The Unusually Wide-Open Actress Races," 15 Apr. 2021 Vlad III, prince of Wallachia, trades his humanity for the power to defend his land and people from the ruthless forces of the Ottoman Empire. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week ‘Pulp Fiction’ on BBC America and IFC," 9 Apr. 2021 In the original, Mr. Murphy plays the prince of an African nation called Zamunda who pretends to be a student looking for a bride in Queens. Chris Kornelis, WSJ, "What to Watch: Oprah’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle Interview and 18 More Things to Stream," 5 Mar. 2021

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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 entry 1

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8 May 2021

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“Prince.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prince. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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prince

noun

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.

prince

noun
\ 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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