\ ˈprin(t)s How to pronounce prince (audio) \

Definition of prince

1a : monarch, king
b : the ruler of a principality or state
2 : a male member of a royal family especially : a son of the sovereign
3 : a nobleman of varying rank and status
4 : one likened to a prince especially : a man of high rank or of high standing in his class or profession

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Other Words from prince

princeship \ ˈprin(t)s-​ˌship How to pronounce princeship (audio) \ noun

Examples of prince in a Sentence

a neighborhood in which the city's merchant princes built palaces that shamelessly celebrated their wealth

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The comparisons didn't end there: Dawnay also went on to marry a prince—a Russian emigre to Britain. Hilary Fox, Fortune, "How Persistence Paid Off for Christian Dior’s ‘Model Girl’," 26 Aug. 2019 The queens' presence was seen by media analysts as a sign of support for the prince from Buckingham Palace. Fox News, "Prince Andrew link to Jeffrey Epstein draws new scrutiny after suicide, document dump," 14 Aug. 2019 Margaret-as-Stacy ends up falling for IRL Stacy's co-worker, while Stacy-as-Margaret catches feels for the prince IRL Margaret is supposed to marry on New Year's Day. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Netflix's New Rom-Com The Princess Switch Has Meghan Markle Written All Over It," 7 Nov. 2018 But despite the sartorial limitation, there’s still a range of looks for the prince, from jeans and a T-shirt to suits to his dress uniform. Bill Daley,, "Harry and Meghan paper dolls capture the couple's love in advance of royal wedding," 2 May 2018 Like much of the world, Americans want a happy ending for the princes -- especially after watching them endure such pain. Stephanie Elam, CNN, "Why Americans are obsessed with the British royal family," 29 Mar. 2018 Epstein was a wealth manager who hobnobbed with the rich, famous and influential, including presidents and a prince. Michael R. Sisak, Washington Post, "Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging," 17 Aug. 2019 Epstein, 66, was a wealth manager who hobnobbed with the rich, famous and influential, including presidents and a prince. Michael Balsamo, Time, "Medical Examiner Rules Jeffrey Epstein's Death a Suicide by Hanging," 16 Aug. 2019 However, The Hollywood Reporter has reportedly confirmed that Harry is no longer in the running to become a prince. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Harry Styles Reportedly Won’t Play Prince Eric in "The Little Mermaid" After All," 14 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of prince

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for prince

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin princip-, princeps leader, initiator, from primus first + capere to take — more at heave entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of prince

: a male member of a royal family especially : the son or grandson of a king or queen
: a male ruler or monarch in some countries
: a man who is the best in his class, profession, etc.


\ ˈprins How to pronounce prince (audio) \

Kids Definition of prince

2 : the son of a monarch
3 : a nobleman of very high or the highest rank

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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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