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princeling

[ prins-ling ]

noun

  1. a young prince.
  2. a subordinate, minor, or insignificant prince.


princeling

/ ˈprɪnslɪŋ /

noun

  1. Also calledprincekin a young prince
  2. Also calledprincelet the ruler of an insignificant territory; petty or minor prince


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Word History and Origins

Origin of princeling1

First recorded in 1610–20; prince + -ling 1

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Example Sentences

Once a pampered princeling, Yarvi cannot single-handedly succeed (literally or figuratively) and so must become a leader.

A born-to-the-political-manor princeling has thrown up a white flag—and the worst may be yet to come.

Mr. Xi is a princeling, while Mr. Hu is a technocrat, although Mr. Xi has been successful at bridging the divide.

But after he got to Oxford, the young princeling reportedly went off the rails.

An Oxford student magazine article said the Chinese princeling had a “strained relationship with books.”

He was a little German princeling, with a pretty moustache, and rounded hips.

There was very little semblance of order; a rajah preceded a princeling, and so on down.

This last-born princeling soon learned how to float on his back, with his round little head just showing above the kelp.

Your young count or princeling can live like a pig until matrimony crops up.

Think of what every fathead princeling and beer-swilling ritter from here to Basel would say!

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