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 The principality was fast becoming the upscale, James-Bondish gathering point of celebrities and royalty that seals its reputation today. Michael Verdon, Robb Report, 22 July 2022 On Friday, Monaco's Crown Prince Jacques and Princess Gabriella graduated from Seadventures Summer Camp, a week-long sailing appreciation program, organized by the principality's Yacht Club. Peter Mikelbank,, 16 July 2022 The principality’s colors were incorporated on the brand’s famous monogrammed canvas. Norman Vanamee, Town & Country, 30 May 2022 Tennis icon Serena Williams waved the green flag for the 78-lap 2021 race on a 2.07-mile circuit through the streets of the Mediterranean principality bordered by France and Italy. Scott Horner, The Indianapolis Star, 23 May 2022 The first week of May ended with both a bang and a splash: with two days of rain that transformed Washington into a metropolis of moisture, a principality of precipitation. Washington Post, 8 May 2022 Gabrielle Chanel first visited Monaco in 1910 and in 1988 Viard’s predecessor Karl Lagerfeld purchased a summer home in the principality. Sarah Carbonaro, Town & Country, 6 May 2022 The Princess returned to Monaco in early March continuing her treatment in the principality but has not been seen publicly and has not resumed her official functions. Peter Mikelbank,, 17 Apr. 2022 At risk are also relics of the past such as the splendid Saint Sophia Cathedral in Kyiv, founded in the 11th century, at the dawn of the medieval principality of Kievan Rus', to which both Ukraine and Russia have since traced their origins. Cristina Florea, CNN, 4 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of principality

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

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2 Aug 2022

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“Principality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2022.

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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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