- a nonreigning male member of a royal family.
- History/Historical. a sovereign or monarch; king.
- (in Great Britain) a son or grandson (if the child of a son) of a king or queen.
- the English equivalent of any of various titles of nobility in other countries.
- a holder of such a title.
- the ruler of a small state, as one actually or nominally subordinate to a suzerain: Monaco is ruled by a prince.
- a person or thing that is chief or preeminent in any class, group, etc.: a merchant prince.
- a person possessing admirably fine and genial characteristics: He is a prince of a man.
Origin of prince
- Harold S(mith)Hal, born 1928, U.S. stage director and producer.
- a male given name.
- a treatise on statecraft (1513) by Niccolò Machiavelli.
Examples from the Web for prince
The new claims present numerous big problems for Prince Andrew.Buckingham Palace Disputes Sex Allegations Against Prince ‘Randy Andy’
January 4, 2015
Prince may have pranced around like a carefree libertine onstage, but in rehearsal he was more drill sergeant than sprite.Speed Read: The Juiciest Bits From the History of ‘Purple Rain’
January 1, 2015
Prince George and his parents are enjoying their first Christmas in their magnificent country home.
And in a big departure from established royal protocol, Prince George might even get a—gasp—present to open on Christmas Day.
The biggest misfire here, though, was the notion that anyone would believe that this dude looked at all like Prince Harry.The Biggest Bombs of 2014: ‘Sex Tape,’ Mariah Carey’s Vocals, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ and More
December 19, 2014
It was Chrysippus, prince of Clazomenæ, the nephew of Anaxagoras.
I have sought thy daughter in marriage for Xerxes, prince of the empire.
"But you went to Athens, and took no care for your country," rejoined the prince.
They called him a King or a prince and obeyed his orders for their own common benefit.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
Their triumphal entry into Adelaide was a demonstration worthy of a prince.Explorations in Australia
- (in Britain) a son of the sovereign or of one of the sovereign's sons
- a nonreigning male member of a sovereign family
- the monarch of a small territory, such as Monaco, usually called a principality, that was at some time subordinate to an emperor or king
- any sovereign; monarch
- a nobleman in various countries, such as Italy and Germany
- an outstanding member of a specified groupa merchant prince
- US and Canadian informal a generous and charming man
- full name Prince Rogers Nelson. born 1958, US rock singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. His albums include Dirty Mind (1981), Purple Rain (1984), Parade (1986), and Sign o' the Times (1987)
Word Origin and History for prince
c.1200, "ruler of a principality" (mid-12c. as a surname), from Old French prince "prince, noble lord" (12c.), from Latin princeps (genitive principis) "first man, chief leader; ruler, sovereign," noun use of adjective meaning "that takes first," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + root of capere "to take" (see capable). German cognate fürst, from Old High German furist "first," is apparently an imitation of the Latin formation. Colloquial meaning "admirable or generous person" is from 1911, American English. Prince Regent was the title of George, Prince of Wales (later George VI) during the mental incapacity of George III (1811-1820).