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prince

[prins] /prɪns/
noun
1.
a nonreigning male member of a royal family.
2.
History/Historical. a sovereign or monarch; king.
3.
(in Great Britain) a son or grandson (if the child of a son) of a king or queen.
4.
the English equivalent of any of various titles of nobility in other countries.
5.
a holder of such a title.
6.
the ruler of a small state, as one actually or nominally subordinate to a suzerain:
Monaco is ruled by a prince.
7.
a person or thing that is chief or preeminent in any class, group, etc.:
a merchant prince.
8.
a person possessing admirably fine and genial characteristics:
He is a prince of a man.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French < Latin prīncip- (stem of prīnceps) first, principal (adj.), principal person, leader (noun), equivalent to prīn- for prīmus prime + -cep- (combining form of capere to take) + -s nominative singular ending
Related forms
princeless, adjective
princeship, noun
Can be confused
prince, prints.

Prince

[prins] /prɪns/
noun
1.
Harold S(mith) ("Hal") born 1928, U.S. stage director and producer.
2.
a male given name.

Prince, The

noun, Italian Il Principe
1.
a treatise on statecraft (1513) by Niccolò Machiavelli.
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British Dictionary definitions for prince

prince

/prɪns/
noun
1.
(in Britain) a son of the sovereign or of one of the sovereign's sons
2.
a nonreigning male member of a sovereign family
3.
the monarch of a small territory, such as Monaco, usually called a principality, that was at some time subordinate to an emperor or king
4.
any sovereign; monarch
5.
a nobleman in various countries, such as Italy and Germany
6.
an outstanding member of a specified group: a merchant prince
7.
(US & Canadian, informal) a generous and charming man
Derived Forms
princelike, adjective
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin princeps first man, ruler, chief

Prince

/prɪns/
noun
1.
full name Prince Rogers Nelson. born 1958, US rock singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist. His albums include Dirty Mind (1981), Purple Rain (1984), Parade (1986), and Sign o' the Times (1987)
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Word Origin and History for prince
n.

c.1200, "ruler of a principality" (mid-12c. as a surname), from Old French prince "prince, noble lord" (12c.), from Latin princeps (genitive principis) "first man, chief leader; ruler, sovereign," noun use of adjective meaning "that takes first," from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + root of capere "to take" (see capable). German cognate fürst, from Old High German furist "first," is apparently an imitation of the Latin formation. Colloquial meaning "admirable or generous person" is from 1911, American English. Prince Regent was the title of George, Prince of Wales (later George VI) during the mental incapacity of George III (1811-1820).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for prince

prince

noun

A very decent and admirable person; ace • Often used ironically: He told me he thinks you're a goddam prince (1911+)


Prince

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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prince in the Bible

the title generally applied to the chief men of the state. The "princes of the provinces" (1 Kings 20:14) were the governors or lord-lieutenants of the provinces. So also the "princes" mentioned in Dan. 6:1, 3, 4, 6, 7 were the officers who administered the affairs of the provinces; the "satraps" (as rendered in R.V.). These are also called "lieutenants" (Esther 3:12; 8:9; R.V., "satraps"). The promised Saviour is called by Daniel (9:25) "Messiah the Prince" (Heb. nagid); compare Acts 3:15; 5:31. The angel Micheal is called (Dan. 12:1) a "prince" (Heb. sar, whence "Sarah," the "princes").

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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