\ ˈprin(t)s How to pronounce prince (audio) \

Definition of prince

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
Recent Examples on the Web Philip was born June 10, 1921, on the Greek island of Corfu, son of a prince of the Greek and Danish royal families. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Prince Philip turns 99: The Queen's husband marks a historic birthday in no-fuss way," 11 June 2020 The prince, 28, tested positive after attending the gathering in the southern city of Cordoba on May 26, a spokesperson for the Belgian Royal Palace said on Saturday. NBC News, "D.C. mayor, Maryland governor say they're concerned about spread of coronavirus at protests," 1 June 2020 In 1095 an Ismaili prince named Nizar was in line to rule Cairo. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "Was the medieval order of Assassins a real thing?," 1 June 2020 Art has gone from taboo to trendy, suddenly in demand by princes, the government, and corporations, many of which are rushing to commission Saudi artists to produce works for their marble-floored offices. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, "Art in the forbidden zone: Inside the Saudi cultural awakening," 27 May 2020 It's assumed that Camilla met the prince while originally watching Andrew play, and sparks subsequently flew. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "What The Crown Gets Right About How Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles First Met," 24 Nov. 2019 The former Meghan Markle told ITV in an interview broadcast Sunday that her British friends warned her not to marry the prince because of the intense media scrutiny that would follow in his country. Danica Kirka, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Duchess of Sussex calls 1st year of marriage difficult," 21 Oct. 2019 The former Meghan Markle told ITV in an interview broadcast Sunday that her British friends warned her not to marry the prince because of the intense media scrutiny that would follow in his country. Danica Kirka,, "Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle calls 1st year of marriage to Prince Harry difficult," 21 Oct. 2019 More than two decades before meeting the prince, Sandra famously shared a moment with Diana under a fig tree at an orthopedic workshop as a 13-year-old girl. Joelle Goldstein,, "Prince Harry Meets Landmine Victim 22 Years After She Shared Special Moment with Princess Diana," 27 Sep. 2019

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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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“Prince.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce prince (audio)

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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