adjective, prince·li·er, prince·li·est.

greatly liberal; lavish; magnificent: a princely entertainment.
like or befitting a prince; magnificent: princely manners.
of or relating to a prince; royal; noble: princely blood.
that is a prince: his princely self.

Origin of princely

First recorded in 1490–1500; prince + -ly
Related formsprince·li·ness, nounpseu·do·prince·ly, adverbun·prince·ly, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for princely

grand, lavish, lordly, magnificent, noble, regal, sovereign, stately

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British Dictionary definitions for princely


adjective -lier or -liest

generous or lavish
of, belonging to, or characteristic of a prince


in a princely manner
Derived Formsprinceliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for princely

c.1500, "of a prince," from prince + -ly (2). Meaning "sumptuous, magnificent" is from 1530s.

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