prin·​ci·​pal·​i·​ty | \ ˌprin(t)-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē How to pronounce principality (audio) \
plural principalities

Definition of principality

1a : the state, office, or authority of a prince
b : the position or responsibilities of a principal (as of a school)
2 : the territory or jurisdiction of a prince : the country that gives title to a prince
3 principalities plural : an order of angels — see celestial hierarchy

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The 30-year-old was farmed out to the French principality in the January transfer window, after failing to command a place under former Foxes manager Claude Puel., "Leicester Confirm Departure of Adrien Silva to Monaco on Season-Long Loan Deal," 23 Aug. 2019 Their religious ceremony will be held at the principality’s Cathedral of Our Lady Immaculate, which was also where the historic wedding of Louis’ grandmother and grandfather — Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier II — took place in 1956. Peter Mikelbank,, "Royal Wedding Bells Are Ringing! Princess Stéphanie of Monaco's Son Marries College Sweetheart," 27 July 2019 Monaco makes its biennial appearance—this race happens every other year; Formula E and the historic races alternate annually before the famed Formula 1 race takes the streets of this principality. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Formula E starts season 5 in Saudi Arabia with a faster electric race car," 14 Dec. 2018 The princess wore the jeweled badge on a red and white sash—referencing the official colors of the principality's flag—over her dress. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Caroline of Monaco Shut It Down in a Red Caped Dress," 20 Nov. 2018 The latter is a 19th-century hotel built upon a hill, which gives it a 360-degree view of the entire principality. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Gilded Halls and Gorgeous Soufflés: A Guide to Living Large in Monaco," 12 Sep. 2018 Should Congress enlarge the land grants for grazing, then baronial estates would soon crowd the plains, an aristocratic few owning lands sufficient for a European principality and crowding out the small farmer upon which the nation depended. Johnforristerross, Longreads, "Taming the Great American Desert," 2 July 2018 The principality club, unbeaten in 17 in the league, are seven points ahead of Lyon and Marseille. Afp,, "Ligue 1 Recap: Depay stars in Lyon rout of Metz," 8 Apr. 2018 Tempelhof Field was once the world’s largest airport, the same size as the principality of Monaco. Joyce Lee, Washington Post, "Inside an enormous abandoned airport in Berlin that’s coming back to life," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of principality

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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English Language Learners Definition of principality

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


prin·​ci·​pal·​i·​ty | \ ˌprin-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē How to pronounce principality (audio) \
plural principalities

Kids Definition of principality

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

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