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 Ashley’s first date with R&B princeling Tevin Campbell? Washington Post, "The story behind Will Smith’s iconic ‘hug’ scene in ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’," 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,, "Raised by Wolves is a shaggy science-fiction saga with a bloody bite: Review," 27 Aug. 2020 In this case, a nefarious princeling hellbent on conquering his own father's kingdom. Robyn Bahr, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Letter for the King': TV Review," 20 Mar. 2020 One of their favourite princelings indulges in such spectacular double standards quite transparently. Harish Pullanoor, Quartz India, "We, the permanent villains of Indian mythology, must reclaim our fallen icons," 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,, "Star Wars rewatch: A New Hope lets the old things die," 23 Oct. 2019 Some bonsai are hundreds of years old, their lineage recorded as carefully as any princeling’s. John Kelly, Washington Post, "The case of the CIA’s bonsai, being the true story of a big gift of a little tree," 2 Oct. 2019 The only child of an heiress and judge, Cohn was an outer-borough princeling, that borough being the Bronx., "Roy Cohn (pictured with a young Donald Trump in an undated photo) is the subject of the documentary “Where's My Roy Cohn?”," 2 Oct. 2019 Prince George, the third in line to the British throne, turns 6 tomorrow—and to mark the occasion, Kensington Palace has released new portraits of the little princeling. Tess Kornfeld, Glamour, "The Palace Just Released Adorable New Photos of Prince George for His Sixth Birthday," 21 July 2019

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First Known Use of princeling

1796, in the meaning defined above

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“Princeling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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