- 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
Related Words for principalitysector, city, square, neighborhood, zone, locality, section, county, field, state, territory, township, tribe, democracy, people, union, community, society, public, population
Examples from the Web for principality
Contemporary Examples of principality
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
July 17, 2014
On Sept. 2, 1967, full independence was declared and the Principality of Sealand was born.Welcome to Sealand: a Sovereign Nation
February 20, 2014
The night before Halloween, the Redmond-based company descended on the 62-square-mile central European principality.
What happens when an American multinational turns a tiny European principality into a fake war zone?
Historical Examples of principality
In his life of turmoil and bloodshed he had halted to secure for her the right to a principality.The Treasure Trail
Marah Ellis Ryan
And so you have come back to find that your principality does not exist.John Gayther's Garden and the Stories Told Therein
Frank R. Stockton
Beauty was everywhere, and in portions of the great forest, great as a principality, quiet.The Long Roll
It is the border of the principality and the passage of it is forbidden.Beasts, Men and Gods
Somebody had persuaded him to believe that I was urging the Bey to close the principality to him.The Nabob
- a territory ruled by a prince
- a territory from which a prince draws his title
- the dignity or authority of a prince
Word Origin for principality
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.