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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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(in Britain) a son of the sovereign or of one of the sovereign's sons
a nonreigning male member of a sovereign family
the monarch of a small territory, such as Monaco, usually called a principality, that was at some time subordinate to an emperor or king
any sovereign; monarch
a nobleman in various countries, such as Italy and Germany
an outstanding member of a specified groupa merchant prince
US and Canadian informal a generous and charming man
Derived Formsprincelike, adjective

Word Origin for prince

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



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 princeship



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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