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Prince Rupert

a seaport and railway terminus in W British Columbia, in W Canada.


[roo-pert; for 1 also German roo-pert] /ˈru pərt; for 1 also German ˈru pɛrt/
Prince, 1619–82, German Royalist general and admiral in the English Civil War (nephew of Charles I of England).
a river in W Quebec, Canada, flowing W to James Bay. 380 miles (610 km) long.
a male given name: derived from Robert. Unabridged
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  • In this situation, Prince Rupert, on his return, found affairs.

  • The result of this interview was that Prince Rupert promised his credit for the scheme.

    The Great Company

    Beckles Willson
  • This kind of engraving was invented by Prince Rupert, in 1649.

  • It was, in fact, resolved to supersede them by Prince Rupert and the lord-general.

    Monk Julian Corbett
  • Charles I. and Prince Rupert both sat to him for their portraits.

    Haunted London Walter Thornbury
  • The said ladies also "earnestly by letter, solicited Prince Rupert to their rescue."

  • An hour later he ordered Prince Rupert and started joyously to Uplands.

    The Battle Ground Ellen Glasgow
  • But the decision as to battle or no battle did not rest with Prince Rupert.

  • However, Prince Rupert appealed to him, and he was soon absorbed into the consultation.

    Stray Pearls Charlotte M. Yonge
  • She and Prince Rupert came to bid farewell to their mother before she left their land for ever.

    Great Englishwomen M. B. Synge
British Dictionary definitions for Prince Rupert

Prince Rupert

a port in W Canada, on the coast of British Columbia: one of the W termini of the Canadian National transcontinental railway. Pop: 14 643 (2001)


Prince. 1619–82, German-born nephew of Charles I: Royalist general during the Civil War (until 1646) and commander of the Royalist fleet (1648–50). After the Restoration he was an admiral of the English fleet in wars against the Dutch


(military, derogatory, slang) a junior officer in the British army
Word Origin
from association of this forename with high social class in Britain
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Prince Rupert


masc. proper name, probably a blend of German Ruprecht and English Robert.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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