Definition of princely in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprinslē/


1Of or held by a prince: the princely states of India princely authority
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  • Just as her advancement of Essex in the early 1590s can be seen partly as a move to create a counterbalance to Burghley, so her promotion of Cecil was intended to dent Essex's political pretensions and remind him of her princely authority.
  • Members of the princely families are the first class citizens.
  • Of the five small kingdoms or princely states which the author explores in this fascinating Himalayan odyssey, only Nepal and Bhutan are fully independent nations.
1.1Sumptuous and splendid: princely accommodations
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  • If you thought only of history, havelis and temples at Jodhpur, Taj Malabar is ready to provide you a more intimate look into the city's features and provide you a peep into the princely kitchens of the city.
  • Nonsuch's architectural scheme reflects the extent of Henry VIII's desire to compete with Francis I of France, at least in terms of princely magnificence.
1.2(Of a sum of money) large or generous (often used ironically): she’s paying a princely sum
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  • I am receiving a meagre state pension: the princely sum of 18 pence a week.
  • So, for the princely sum of 75 pence, I placed an advertisement.
  • At 60 I was given the princely sum of 9 pence per week which has now gone up to 10 pence per week.



Pronunciation: /ˈprinslēnəs/
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  • Every time he avowed that he wanted to be admired, not liked, Mr. Giuliani was, in Mr. Siegel's view, laying claim to his Machiavellian princeliness.
  • Castilla's chaîné grand jetés reached forward past his finely pointed feet and stretched arms, covering every inch of the stage, and his artistry proved his ‘princeliness.’
  • But the youth was not disposed unnecessarily to blazon his princeliness.
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