prin·​ci·​pal·​i·​ty ˌprin(t)-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē How to pronounce principality (audio)
plural principalities
: the state, office, or authority of a prince
: the position or responsibilities of a principal (as of a school)
: the territory or jurisdiction of a prince : the country that gives title to a prince
principalities plural : an order of angels see celestial hierarchy

Examples of principality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After sporting clown noses last weekend for the circus festival, Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella joined others in sporting festive scarves — Jacques in a blue design and Gabriella in a wool accessory featuring the principality's red and white colors with a centennial image of Prince Rainier. Peter Mikelbank, Peoplemag, 22 Jan. 2024 To celebrate the Prince, who created the festival, an open-air circus parade — one of the largest in modern days — will march across the principality, starting from the palace. Kelly Wynne, Peoplemag, 1 Jan. 2024 With National Day falling on a Sunday this year, mass was augmented with elements of the Monaco Symphony, as well as clarions from the principality's Carabinieri orchestra. Peter Mikelbank, Peoplemag, 19 Nov. 2023 Following cocktails, guests dined beneath the gallery frescoes, which usually greet gamblers playing roulette, and the evening ended at the principality's Opera House, where guests enjoyed the very rare privilege of dancing on the theater's stage. Can't get enough of PEOPLE's Royals coverage? Peter Mikelbank, Peoplemag, 21 Oct. 2023 The Horde controlled a gigantic territory that extended from Central Asia to eastern Europe and included Russian principalities and Siberia. Marie Favereau, Foreign Affairs, 14 Dec. 2021 In a separate interview from his home in the tiny European principality of Monaco, McLaughlin laughed with delight when told of Hussain’s memories of that 1975 Long Island concert. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Aug. 2023 In 1876, the principalities of Serbia and Montenegro declared a war of independence against the Ottoman Empire. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 24 July 2023 Monaco has nibbled greedily at the surrounding waters for decades—since the 1950s, 20 percent of the principality’s surface area has been created this way. Mark Ellwood, Robb Report, 6 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

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

Time Traveler
The first known use of principality was in the 14th century

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“Principality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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prin·​ci·​pal·​i·​ty ˌprin(t)-sə-ˈpal-ət-ē How to pronounce principality (audio)
plural principalities
: a small territory that is ruled by a prince
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