Definition of prince in English:

prince

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Pronunciation: /prɪns
 
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noun

1The son of a monarch.
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  • I was anticipating a marvelous story with a princess waiting for her prince in her royal castle.
  • Perhaps there should be a rule that princes only become monarch if there are no princesses, and that all Governors General be female?
  • For a second her mind broke free of the constraints of logic, imagining playful pixies and marauding dragons; captured princesses and vengeful princes.
1.1A close male relative of a monarch, especially a grandson.
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  • The prince is the grandson of the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz, and a nephew of Saudi King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah.
  • Close relatives of the tsar were called grand princes, usually translated as grand dukes.
  • Like his great-grandfather, Akbar the Great, the young prince cultivated good relations with his Hindu subjects.
1.2A male monarch of a small state, actually, nominally, or originally subject to a king or emperor: he was the prince of a small kingdom that was now part of Pakistan
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  • At this time it was necessary for scientists to obtain patronage from their kings, princes or rulers.
  • These displays of generosity were used by princes to bind their subjects to themselves, promoting a culture based on the granting of gifts in exchange for loyalty and service.
  • Thus English kings paid homage, albeit usually reluctantly, to the kings of France for their tenure of Aquitaine, and in turn claimed homage from Welsh princes and Scottish kings.
Synonyms
1.3(In France, Germany, and other European countries) a nobleman, usually ranking next below a duke.
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  • Operas were originally composed and presented as a sumptuous accompaniment to some special event, such as the weddings or birthdays of dukes, princes, and the like.
  • Many princes and dukes have come, seeking your hands in marriage.
  • This played into the hands of the dukes, princes and landholders who had no desire to share political power.
1.4 (prince of/among) A man or thing regarded as pre-eminent in a particular sphere or group: arctic char is a prince among fishes
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  • It came courtesy of my pal Dave, prince of quipsters.
  • Manager of its football team from 1963 to 1974, this prince of charm was a true gentleman, magnanimous in defeat and generous in victory.
  • What will the 63-year-old prince of folk, whose anthems were adopted by the civil rights movement in the early 1960s, tell us next?

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin princeps, princip- 'first, chief, sovereign', from primus 'first' + capere 'take'.

Phrases

prince of the blood

A man who is a prince by right of his royal descent.
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  • As the king was an orphan, it was the senior prince of the blood, his uncle Philippe duke d' Orléans, who would act as regent.
  • Less than ten of the Notables were non-nobles; 18 were clerics, 7 were princes of the blood, each assigned to preside over a working party (bureau).
  • Only the king could appoint people to it and normally only princes of the blood (the most senior nobles), senior prelates and magnates were allowed to join.

Derivatives

princedom

noun
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  • Baronial connections with Wales also helped Llywelyn I to expand his princedom of Gwynedd to its maximum extent.
  • In this David-Goliath battle Philip had armaments, a trained army and more annual income (largely from the New World) than other European nations and princedoms combined.
  • As Machiavelli stresses in chapter 2, his interest lies not in republics as such, but rather in the government of cities, whether they are ruled as republics or as princedoms.

princelike

adjective
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  • Curtis followed Horace Greeley, with whose peculiar drawl and rustic aspect his princelike demeanor and lucid and sonorous rhetoric were in striking contrast.
  • For Hamlet was a loving and a gentle prince, and greatly beloved for his many noble and princelike qualities; and if he had lived, would no doubt have proved a most royal and complete king to Denmark.

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