- a state ruled by a prince, usually a relatively small state or a state that falls within a larger state such as an empire.
- the position or authority of a prince or chief ruler; sovereignty; supreme power.
- the rule of a prince of a small or subordinate state.
- the Principality, British. Wales.
- principalities, Theology.
- an order of angels.Compare angel(def 1).
- supramundane powers often in conflict with God. Ephes. 6:12.
- Obsolete. preeminence.
Origin of principality
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
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, etc.—Tit.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
Principalities and powers and empires and republics have fallen.The Master-Knot of Human Fate
Yes, and there is death—infinitude of death in the principalities and powers of men.The Crown of Wild Olive
Your lands, your principalities, to devolve on the child of an humble Englishman!My Novel, Complete
And after all, fellow-feeling was bigger than principalities and powers!Tatterdemalion
- (often capital) the seventh of the nine orders into which the angels are divided in medieval angelologyAlso called: princedoms
- a territory ruled by a prince
- a territory from which a prince draws his title
- the dignity or authority of a prince
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.