prince·​ly | \ ˈprin(t)s-lē How to pronounce princely (audio) \
princelier; princeliest

Definition of princely

1 : of or relating to a prince : royal
2 : befitting a prince : noble, magnificent princely manners a princely sum
3 : governed by a prince a princely state

Other Words from princely

princely adverb

Examples of princely in a Sentence

a display of princely courtesy set a princely meal before their guests
Recent Examples on the Web The Hall, currently living in Brooklyn, scored a ticket for the XU game, and two more tomorrow night, for the princely sum of $6 and change. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 8 Mar. 2022 That’s how the son of a policeman from Wallhausen, Germany, earned the princely title. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 12 Feb. 2022 Her brooch and earrings are being sold by a European princely family who bought them at auction in 2009, the auction house said. Reuters, CNN, 4 Nov. 2021 Few rail experiences can compare with the Palace on Wheels, which rolls across the former princely states of northern India. Kate Springer, CNN, 16 Nov. 2021 With a princely sense of destiny, Chalamet plays Paul, whose father Duke Leto (Oscar Isaac) is head of House Atreides, one of several governing fiefdoms. Jake Coyle, Anchorage Daily News, 21 Oct. 2021 The queen, often criticized for her uncontrolled spending, purchased the bracelets in the spring of 1776 for the princely sum of 250,000 livres. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 10 Sep. 2021 Once the capital of the princely state of Mewar, Udaipur has a dreamy setting along Lake Pichola. Tanvi Chheda, Travel + Leisure, 8 Sep. 2021 And the flight of the kaiser along with the deposing of eighteen princely houses meant the termination of numerous court positions reserved for nobility. Christopher R. Browning, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 See More

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First Known Use of princely

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Princely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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prince·​ly | \ ˈprins-lē How to pronounce princely (audio) \

Kids Definition of princely

1 : suitable for a prince princely service
2 : very large or impressive a princely sum

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