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Prince of Wales

noun
  1. a title conferred on the eldest son, or heir apparent, of the British sovereign.
  2. Cape, a cape in W Alaska, on Bering Strait opposite the Russian Federation: the westernmost point of North America.
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Origin of Prince of Wales

Middle English word dating back to 1275–1325

Edward

[ed-werd]
noun
  1. Prince of Wales and Duke of CornwallThe Black Prince, 1330–76, English military leader (son of Edward III).
  2. Lake, a lake in central Africa, between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo: a source of the Nile. 830 sq. mi. (2150 sq. km).
  3. a male given name: from Old English words meaning “rich, happy” and “guardian.”
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  • And she was wearing her exalted, Prince-of-Wales expression.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy

    Eleanor Gates


British Dictionary definitions for prince of wales

Prince of Wales1

noun
  1. the eldest son and heir apparent of the British sovereign
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Prince of Wales2

noun
  1. Cape Prince of Wales a cape in W Alaska, on the Bering Strait opposite the coast of the extreme northeast of Russia: the westernmost point of North America
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Edward1

noun
  1. Lake Edward a lake in central Africa, between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaïre) in the Great Rift Valley: empties through the Semliki River into Lake Albert. Area: about 2150 sq km (830 sq miles)Former official name: Lake Amin
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Edward2

noun
  1. known as the Black Prince. 1330–76, Prince of Wales, the son of Edward III of England. He won victories over the French at Crécy (1346) and Poitiers (1356) in the Hundred Years' War
  2. Prince. born 1964, Earl of Wessex, third son of Elizabeth II of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. In 1999 he married Sophie Rhys-Jones (born 1965); their daughter Louise was born in 2003 and their son James in 2007
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Word Origin and History for prince of wales

Edward

masc. proper name, from Old English Eadweard, literally "prosperity-guard," from ead "wealth, prosperity" + weard "guardian" (see ward (n.)). Among the 10 most popular names for boys born in the U.S. every year from 1895 to 1930.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

prince of wales in Culture

Prince of Wales

A title traditionally held by the male heir to the throne of Britain. (See Wales.)

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