prince·​ling | \ ˈprin(t)s-liŋ How to pronounce princeling (audio) \

Definition of princeling

: a petty or insignificant prince

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In the coming months, a place of respite—or at least a refuge from the cries of princelings—may be particularly precious to the Prince. Melanie Broder, Town & Country, "T&C Family Album: Prince Charles," 10 May 2013 But in collaborating with him, Tiffany has aligned itself with a princeling of Harlem fashion who aims to honor the legacy of his father, the designer Darold Ferguson Sr., by out-accomplishing him. Jonah Engel Bromwich, New York Times, "ASAP Ferg Feels ‘Like a Walking MoMA Installation’," 15 May 2018 For a time, Mr Wu was backed by powerful princelings, as the descendants of revolutionary leaders are known. The Economist, "China starts unwinding Anbang, its would-be financial giant," 1 Mar. 2018 But princelings have, for the most part, been less affected. The Economist, "China starts unwinding Anbang, its would-be financial giant," 1 Mar. 2018 The princeling president As the struggle in China over financial market reform illustrates, many more people, and many more interests, have stakes in how things are now than in previous eras of reform. Bill Powell, Newsweek, "Is This the End of China's Economic Miracle?," 26 Nov. 2014 His daughter is a prominent adviser and spokeswoman for the regime; his son-in-law, a tycoon princeling who once mismanaged a small media house, serves as an envoy to kingdoms and republics elsewhere. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "The story of America in 2017, if it happened somewhere else," 22 Dec. 2017 That’s uniquely true of Oedipus, the limping princeling fated to kill his father and marry his mother. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: A Timely Take on ‘Oedipus’ by Way of South Central Los Angeles," 25 Oct. 2017 The young princeling rose quickly through the ranks, and in 2002 he was named the party secretary of Zhejiang province, on China's eastern coast. Ben Westcott, CNN, "How Xi Jinping became one of modern China's most powerful leaders," 17 Oct. 2017

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1796, in the meaning defined above

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