prince·​ling ˈprin(t)s-liŋ How to pronounce princeling (audio)
: a petty or insignificant prince

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Pigeonholing him into 'Man Who Likes Cinderella and Literally Only Cinderella' is disappointing, especially since Dobson imbues the socially awkward princeling with real heart. Emlyn Travis,, 24 Mar. 2023 With his ascension to Vice President a year later, Xi looked destined for the top job but had to fend off a late challenge from another princeling rival, Bo Xilai, who had built a populist following as the crime-busting boss of the central city of Chongqing. Charlie Campbell, Time, 11 Oct. 2022 Will Yun Lee shines as Colonel Moon, a renegade princeling with hovercrafts and rage issues. Darren Franich,, 23 Nov. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1796, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of princeling was in 1796

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“Princeling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2023.

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