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

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princely adverb

Examples of princely in a Sentence

a display of princely courtesy set a princely meal before their guests

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The creators of these programs, all white men, formed a kind of princely pantheon of showrunners and were regularly grouped together by the press as mavericks and visionaries. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "The Outlaw World of Deadwood," 6 June 2019 The mountainous, 86,000-square-mile territory was once a princely state. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "The Kashmir conflict: How did it start?," 2 Mar. 2019 Exotic Modern—that features some spectacular examples of Paul Poiret’s clothing, including his own princely dressing robe, displayed in the house itself, and French colonial-era art in the modern adjunct. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Makes the Most of His Trip to Tokyo for Valentino Pre-Fall—And Then Some," 2 Dec. 2018 Once-powerful clerics and princely challengers have been squashed. The Economist, "The calculations of Muhammad bin Salman," 7 June 2018 The medallions come in gold, priced at a princely 1,380 Singapore dollars apiece ($1,033), as well as silver and nickel. Chun Han Wong, WSJ, "I’ll Have Atomic Wings! For Singapore Foodies, Trump-Kim Fusion Is the Bomb," 10 June 2018 Klaassen arrived for a princely sum of £23.5m as part of the huge summer investment following the £75m sale of star striker Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United., "Davy Klaassen Wants Everton Stay as Dutchman Is Eager to Prove His Worth in the Premier League," 29 May 2018 But after the couple welcomed a boy, betters banked on princely names like Albert and Arthur (the top favorites). Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Royal Baby's Name Was Just Announced and It's As Regal As You Expected," 27 Apr. 2018 Cézannes and Picassos galore—but the estate was valued at $6.8 million, then a princely sum. Kelly Crow, WSJ, "Will the Rockefeller Collection be the First Art Auction to Top $1 Billion?," 11 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of princely

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of princely

: very large or impressive
: of, relating to, or suitable for a prince


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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