princely

adjective

prince·​ly ˈprin(t)s-lē How to pronounce princely (audio)
princelier; princeliest
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
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 All for the princely salary of $3,200. Dallas News, 14 Feb. 2023 The children of Prince Edward, the king’s younger brother, have so far declined to use their princely titles. Karla Adam, Washington Post, 9 Mar. 2023 In 1947, the Indian subcontinent was partitioned into India and Pakistan, leading to widespread violence between Muslims and Hindus and cleaving what had been the princely state of Kashmir. Sameer Yasir, New York Times, 11 Jan. 2023 In an interview with Oprah Winfrey last year, Meghan said that the royal family discussed changing the rules in order to keep Archie from acquiring the princely title. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 Sep. 2022 Just ask the princely tribes endowed by Family Dollar, Public Storage, and Hot Pockets microwave pastries. Evan Osnos, The New Yorker, 16 Jan. 2023 Uzbek paintings were also preserved, including monumental murals of the princely residence of Varakhsha, dating back to the 4th century. Rochelle Beighton, CNN, 12 Dec. 2022 The princely couple of Monaco stepped out in New York City on Thursday evening for the Princess Grace Awards Annual Gala, celebrating this year's class of Princess Grace Award winners in theater, dance and film. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2022 It was commissioned by a ruler of the princely state of Morbi, Waghji Ravaji Thakor, who was inspired by the great British suspension bridges of the 19th century. Quartz, 1 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of princely was in the 15th century

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“Princely.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/princely. Accessed 1 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition

princely

adjective
prince·​ly ˈprin(t)-slē How to pronounce princely (audio)
princelier; princeliest
1
: of or relating to a prince
2
: suitable for a prince
a princely sum

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