noun, plural prin·ci·pal·i·ties.
- an order of angels.Compare angel(def 1).
- supramundane powers often in conflict with God. Ephes. 6:12.
Examples from the Web for principalities
Tatar control—part occupation and part suzerainty over impotent, tribute-paying Russian principalities—lasted more than 200 years.Russian History Is on Our Side: Putin Will Surely Screw Himself|P. J. O’Rourke|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Riccabocca was long before he reconciled himself to the pomp of his principalities and his title of Duke.My Novel, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
The empress, as usual, richly rewarded her comes with pensions and principalities.
The Emperor of Russia pretends to say that he will provide his troops, now occupying the Danubian principalities, with rations.
We don't wonder that some of our Manchester friends should be content to see the Russian forces holding the Principalities.
At last, in 1565, it was overwhelmed by a combination of the four Mahommedan principalities of the Deccan.
British Dictionary definitions for principalities (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for principalities (2 of 2)
noun plural -ties
- a territory ruled by a prince
- a territory from which a prince draws his title
Word Origin for principality
Word Origin and History for principalities
c.1300, "position of a prince," from Old French principalite "principal matter; power, sovereignty" (12c., Modern French principauté), from Late Latin principalitatem (nominative principalitas), from principalis (see principal (adj.)). Meaning "region or state ruled by a prince" is attested from c.1400.