principality

noun
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

Examples of principality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Germany was once a grab bag of principalities, duchies, and free cities, as well as juggernaut states such as Prussia. Jonah Goldberg, National Review, "Will the EU’s Genetic Flaw Lead to Its Demise?," 3 Jan. 2020 On October 27, 1806, Napoleon Bonaparte rode through Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate, finalizing his defeat of the hundreds of principalities and territories that, until a few months before, had made up the Holy Roman Empire. Adrian Daub, Longreads, "All Hail the Rat King," 13 Dec. 2019 The new portrait will go sale in boutiques and shops in the principality on Wednesday. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, "Prince Albert and Princess Charlene's Twins Jacques and Gabriella Star in New Family Portrait," 1 Dec. 2019 Smolensk opted to surrender and pay tribute to the Khanate, but 18 other cities—including Moscow and the capital of the principality that, at the time, ruled Yaroslavl—fell to fire and the sword. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists unearth mass graves from Mongol invasion of Russia," 11 Sep. 2019 In addition to the pomp and circumstance and a colorful parade, there’s also a severe space crunch, according to the principality’s ruler. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, "Monaco's Royal Twins Steal the Spotlight (and the Balcony!) on National Day: See All the Best Moments," 19 Nov. 2019 The real-life history behind the show is legendary: Catherine the Great was born Princess Sophie to the ruling family of a small German principality. Jenna Adrian-diaz, Vogue, "Everything We Know About HBO’s Catherine the Great," 27 Sep. 2019 Smolensk opted to surrender and pay tribute to the Khanate, but 18 other cities—including Moscow and the capital of the principality that, at the time, ruled Yaroslavl—fell to fire and the sword. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists unearth mass graves from Mongol invasion of Russia," 11 Sep. 2019 The principality to which the town belonged would spend the next 250 years as a vassal state to the Golden Horde but not without more conflict and death. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Archaeologists unearth mass graves from Mongol invasion of Russia," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of principality

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

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“Principality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/principality. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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principality

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How to pronounce principality (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of principality

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

principality

noun
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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