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 The most expensive selections on the menu are the beers, served in green plastic cups for the princely sum of $5. New York Times, "The Sandwich Economics of the Masters and Augusta National," 9 Apr. 2021 The team analyzed grave goods found in a princely tomb in the La Almoloya site, in what is now Murcia. Jack Guy, CNN, "These Bronze Age women were more powerful than we thought," 10 Mar. 2021 Bob Morris from the Constitution Unit at University College London, said the rule was drawn up to trim the increasingly unwieldy number of princely titles., "Why is Harry and Meghan’s son not a prince?," 10 Mar. 2021 And if the ball bounces their way — holy Al-a-swish-us! — the saint who gave up a princely court could, at long last, be crowned king of the basketball court. Erik Brady, USA TODAY, "Why Gonzaga's namesake saint is a perfect fit in 2021 men's basketball season," 8 Mar. 2021 As its ringleader, Brady is demonized outside his kingdom, the fiefdom of Dunkin’, and is briefly banished by the princely overlord, Roger the Goodell of Park Avenue. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Madonna? Harry Potter? Churchill? Tom Brady May Be Beyond Compare," 3 Feb. 2021 Born a commoner, Lakshmi Bai rose to royalty in the princely state of Jhansi in mid-19th century India. National Geographic, "How do we reclaim history?," 12 Oct. 2020 That included the princely state of Bharatpur, then under the rule of Man Singh's brother, Maharaja Brijendra. Esha Mitra And Julia Hollingsworth, CNN, "An Indian royal was shot dead by police in broad daylight. Now, 35 years later, his killers have been jailed," 7 Aug. 2020 Residency rights were introduced in 1927 by Kashmir’s Hindu king, Hari Singh, to stop the influx of outsiders in the former princely state. The Christian Science Monitor, "What India's new residency law means for Kashmiris," 4 Aug. 2020

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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 8 May. 2021.

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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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