principality

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noun prin·ci·pal·i·ty \ˌprin(t)-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē\

Definition of principality

plural

principalities

  1. 1a :  the state, office, or authority of a princeb :  the position or responsibilities of a principal (as of a school)

  2. 2 :  the territory or jurisdiction of a prince :  the country that gives title to a prince

  3. 3 principalities plural :  an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy

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14th Century

First Known Use of principality

14th century


PRINCIPALITY Defined for English Language Learners

principality

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Definition of principality for English Language Learners

  • : a small area or country that is ruled by a prince


PRINCIPALITY Defined for Kids

principality

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noun prin·ci·pal·i·ty \ˌprin-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē\

Definition of principality for Students

plural

principalities

  1. :  a small territory that is ruled by a prince the principality of Monaco



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