prince

[ prins ]
/ prɪns /

noun


Nearby words

  1. primum mobile,
  2. primus,
  3. primus inter pares,
  4. primus stove,
  5. prin.,
  6. prince albert,
  7. prince albert national park,
  8. prince charming,
  9. prince consort,
  10. prince edward island

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 ]
/ prɪns /

noun

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

Prince, The

noun (Italian Il Principe),

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

prince

/ (prɪns) /

noun

Derived Formsprincelike, adjective

Word Origin for prince

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

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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Word Origin and History for prince

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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