prin·ci·pal·i·ty | \ˌprin(t)-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē \
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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Ronaldo's brace that night in the principality cemented his boss' legacy amongst illustrious company in the tournament., "Why Zidane Should Be Remembered as the Champions League's Greatest Head Coach in Wake of Madrid Exit," 31 May 2018 The boy, who is the couple’s second child, will be tenth in line for the principality’s throne. Peter Mikelbank,, "Monaco's Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo Welcome Son — and His Name Is So Classic," 22 May 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 Lemar's performances for the principality club have made him a target for many clubs around Europe and Atleti are racing to get a deal done before the move can be hijacked by anyone else., "Atletico Step Up Interest in Arsenal & Liverpool Target as Director Travels to France for Talks," 3 June 2018 As the victorious Daniel Ricciardo swigged from a champagne bottle on the podium Sunday, the Australian's joy at winning on the famed winding streets of the Mediterranean principality was clear for all to see. CNN, "Monaco GP 'probably the most boring race ever' says Fernando Alonso," 28 May 2018 And since then, the player himself has done nothing to help the situation - reportedly turning down a new contract in the principality in a bid to engineer a move away from the former Ligue 1 champions., "Monaco President Hints Massive Asking Price for Liverpool and Arsenal Target," 16 Apr. 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 Today, the principality's website offers its own titles for sale. Gary Baum, The Hollywood Reporter, "The 'Prince' of Hollywood: Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Widower Reveals His Hustler Past as He Auctions Her Belongings," 8 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

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


prin·ci·pal·i·ty | \ˌprin-sə-ˈpa-lə-tē \
plural principalities

Kids Definition of principality

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

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