prince

noun \ ˈprin(t)s \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of prince

1 a : 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

princeship

play \ˈprin(t)s-ˌship\ noun

Examples of prince in a Sentence

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

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Origin and Etymology of prince

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


PRINCE Defined for English Language Learners

prince

noun

Definition of prince for English Language Learners

  • : 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.


PRINCE Defined for Kids

prince

noun \ ˈprins \

Definition of prince for Students

1 : monarch 1
2 : the son of a monarch
3 : a nobleman of very high or the highest rank


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