prince·ly | \ˈprin(t)s-lē \
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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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 Beyond the ruptured timeline, this is actually quite a conservative way of displaying art — closer to a 17th-century princely collection than a modern scientific museum. Jason Farago, New York Times, "A Museum’s Fresh Take on the Whole Megillah," 25 Jan. 2018 In 1922 he was paid the princely sum of $200,000 a year by the McNaught syndicate. Carl Nolte, San Francisco Chronicle, "The work of Rube Goldberg — artist, inventor, adjective — on display in SF," 15 Mar. 2018 That didn’t exactly leave a princely sum for the interiors; budgets for the kind of projects Mr. Salasky usually works on can quickly run north of $1,000 per square foot. Pilar Viladas, New York Times, "The Secret in a Brooklyn Apartment Redo? Plywood," 6 Mar. 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 \

Kids Definition of princely

1 : suitable for a prince princely service

2 : very large or impressive a princely sum

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