prince

[ prins ]
/ prɪns /

noun

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 forms

prince·less, adjectiveprince·ship, noun

Can be confused

prince prints

Definition for prince (2 of 3)

Prince

[ prins ]
/ prɪns /

noun

Harold S(mith)Hal, born 1928, U.S. stage director and producer.
a male given name.

Definition for prince (3 of 3)

Prince, The


noun (Italian Il Principe),

a treatise on statecraft (1513) by Niccolò Machiavelli.
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British Dictionary definitions for prince (1 of 2)

prince

/ (prɪns) /

noun

Derived Forms

princelike, adjective

Word Origin for prince

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

British Dictionary definitions for prince (2 of 2)

Prince

/ (prɪns) /

noun

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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