Definition of princeps
: one that is first: such as a : the head of the state under the Roman Empire b : any of various chief officials (as the headman of a tribe) among the ancient Teutons and Anglo-Saxons c : a first edition of a work; also : a copy of this edition
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Origin and Etymology of princeps
Latin — more at prince
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