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prince

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noun
  1. a nonreigning male member of a royal family.
  2. History/Historical. a sovereign or monarch; king.
  3. (in Great Britain) a son or grandson (if the child of a son) of a king or queen.
  4. the English equivalent of any of various titles of nobility in other countries.
  5. a holder of such a title.
  6. the ruler of a small state, as one actually or nominally subordinate to a suzerain: Monaco is ruled by a prince.
  7. a person or thing that is chief or preeminent in any class, group, etc.: a merchant prince.
  8. a person possessing admirably fine and genial characteristics: He is a prince of a man.
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Origin of prince

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin prīncip- (stem of prīnceps) first, principal (adj.), principal person, leader (noun), equivalent to prīn- for prīmus prime + -cep- (combining form of capere to take) + -s nominative singular ending
Related formsprince·less, adjectiveprince·ship, noun
Can be confusedprince prints

Prince

[prins]
noun
  1. Harold S(mith)Hal, born 1928, U.S. stage director and producer.
  2. a male given name.
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Prince, The

noun (Italian Il Principe),
  1. a treatise on statecraft (1513) by Niccolò Machiavelli.
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Examples from the Web for prince

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Historical Examples

  • It was Chrysippus, prince of Clazomenæ, the nephew of Anaxagoras.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • I have sought thy daughter in marriage for Xerxes, prince of the empire.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • "But you went to Athens, and took no care for your country," rejoined the prince.

    Philothea

    Lydia Maria Child

  • 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.


British Dictionary definitions for prince

prince

noun
  1. (in Britain) a son of the sovereign or of one of the sovereign's sons
  2. a nonreigning male member of a sovereign family
  3. the monarch of a small territory, such as Monaco, usually called a principality, that was at some time subordinate to an emperor or king
  4. any sovereign; monarch
  5. a nobleman in various countries, such as Italy and Germany
  6. an outstanding member of a specified groupa merchant prince
  7. US and Canadian informal a generous and charming man
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Derived Formsprincelike, adjective

Word Origin

C13: via Old French from Latin princeps first man, ruler, chief

Prince

noun
  1. 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)
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Word Origin and History for prince

n.

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).

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