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.
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How to use principality in a sentence
Just look at Monaco, the uber-wealthy principality where residents live on average to nearly 90 years old.
Cannons were fired in the heart of the tiny principality, which is no bigger than Central Park, to celebrate the news.Princess Charlene Gives Birth To Twins Gabriella and Jacques | Tom Sykes | December 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In 1967 the principality of Sealand was declared on a military sea fort floating in what was then international waters.So You Want to Rule a Kingdom? A Wacky History of One-Man Nations | Nina Strochlic | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
On Sept. 2, 1967, full independence was declared and the principality of Sealand was born.
The night before Halloween, the Redmond-based company descended on the 62-square-mile central European principality.War Games: Microsoft Invades Liechtenstein for Halo 4 Blowout | Alex Klein | November 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
What happens when an American multinational turns a tiny European principality into a fake war zone?War Games: Microsoft Invades Liechtenstein for Halo 4 Blowout | Alex Klein | November 8, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I went out, and found a Mont de Piet, just beyond the limits of the principality; they aren't allowed inside.Rosemary in Search of a Father | C. N. Williamson
The Latin principality was extinguished, and the whole existence of the Franks was now confined to the city of Ptolemais.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
This great man even refused the offer of a principality made to him by Leo X.Catherine de' Medici | Honore de Balzac
Thus, at the beginning of the eleventh century, the Bishop of the principality was already possessed of extraordinary power.Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
Two of his ancestors had been Bishops of Lige, and the family was one of the greatest in the principality.Belgium | George W. T. (George William Thomson) Omond
British Dictionary definitions for principality
a territory ruled by a prince
a territory from which a prince draws his title
the dignity or authority of a prince
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