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

Definition of princeling

: a petty or insignificant prince

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Recent Examples on the Web California governor Gavin Newsom is a princeling of progressivism who has ascended to the summit of political power in one of the bluest states in the country, and yet is in real danger of suffering a humiliating defeat. Rich Lowry, National Review, 27 Aug. 2021 Kannauj is a four-hour drive from Agra and just shy of two hours from historic Lucknow, a former princeling state governed by the Nawabs of Oudh. Travel, 4 Jan. 2021 Ashley’s first date with R&B princeling Tevin Campbell? Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2020 The kids are a little lame, frankly, though Ethan Hazzard has fun as a clerical princeling maintaining aristocratic dignity in a grungy mud colony. Darren Franich,, 27 Aug. 2020 In this case, a nefarious princeling hellbent on conquering his own father's kingdom. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Mar. 2020 One of their favourite princelings indulges in such spectacular double standards quite transparently. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, 30 Dec. 2019 The Lars homestead is well-automated, though, so Luke comes off like a joyride princeling, still playing with a toy spaceship. Darren Franich,, 23 Oct. 2019 Some bonsai are hundreds of years old, their lineage recorded as carefully as any princeling’s. John Kelly, Washington Post, 2 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of princeling

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of princeling was in 1796

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“Princeling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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