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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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 John knew what life and work were like for a man who had had, and lost, one of the princely jobs of the town. Deborah Orr, The New York Review of Books, "Made in Lanarkshire, Scotland," 7 Feb. 2020 On a 15-day group tour with Wild Frontiers in and around the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, travelers go from the capital, Islamabad, to the former princely state of Chitral and on to the stunning Hunza Valley. National Geographic, "On the rise: 20 trending destinations for 2020," 29 Jan. 2020 Aramco’s valuation range of $1.7trn or so is lower than the princely target but still too high for many institutional investors. The Economist, "Saudi Aramco’s IPO is the biggest ever," 7 Dec. 2019 The scientists believe the two tombs paint a picture of princely wealth and status. Fox News, "Archaeologists find Bronze Age tombs containing trove of gold artifacts," 18 Dec. 2019 India’s incorporation of its princely states had also been painful. The Economist, "Unite and rule India’s constitution helped sustain the world’s biggest democracy," 12 Dec. 2019 Paris is still smarting from a failed attempt years ago at building a sovereign cloud for the princely sum of 150 million euros ($165 million). Washington Post, "Macron and Merkel Are Caught in a New Cold War," 14 Nov. 2019 For Aramco’s $75bn payout to match this would imply a valuation of $1.2trn or so, well short of the original princely sum. The Economist, "Energetic listing Saudi Aramco is raring to go public," 10 Oct. 2019 The creation of the two new territories coincides with National Unity Day and the 144th birthday of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who is seen as the architect of incorporating more than 560 of colonial India's princely states into a single union. Helen Regan, CNN, "India downgrades Kashmir's status and takes greater control over contested region," 31 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of princely

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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15 Feb 2020

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“Princely.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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