a nonreigning male member of a royal family.
History/Historical. a sovereign or monarch; king.
(in Great Britain) a son or grandson (if the child of a son) of a king or queen.
the English equivalent of any of various titles of nobility in other countries.
a holder of such a title.
the ruler of a small state, as one actually or nominally subordinate to a suzerain: Monaco is ruled by a prince.
a person or thing that is chief or preeminent in any class, group, etc.: a merchant prince.
a person possessing admirably fine and genial characteristics: He is a prince of a man.

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

princeless, adjective
princeship, noun

prince, prints. Unabridged


Harold S(mith) ("Hal") born 1928, U.S. stage director and producer.
a male given name.

Prince, The

noun Italian Il Principe.
a treatise on statecraft (1513) by Niccolò Machiavelli. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
prince (prɪns)
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.  informal (US), (Canadian) a generous and charming man
[C13: via Old French from Latin princeps first man, ruler, chief]

Prince (prɪns)
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 Emancipation (1996); in 2007 he released his latest album Planet Earth as a free gift with a British newspaper

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Word Origin & History

earlly 13c., from O.Fr. prince (12c.), from L. princeps (gen. principis) "first, chief, prince," lit. "that takes first" (adj.), from primus "first" (see prime (adj.)) + root of capere "to take" (see capable). Ger. cognate fürst, from O.H.G.
furist "first," is apparently an imitation of the Latin form. Colloquial meaning "admirable or generous person" is from 1911, Amer.Eng.
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Bible Dictionary

Prince definition

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").

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Example sentences for prince
He is also known as the father of comedy and the prince of ancient comedy.
His daughter married a local prince and further spread the religion.
After jane gives birth to the prince, she falls ill this brings the episode
  full circle.
He fights for prince caspian and later travels with him to the end of the world.
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