Why was clemency trending last week?


[prins-lee] /ˈprɪns li/
adjective, princelier, princeliest.
greatly liberal; lavish; magnificent:
a princely entertainment.
like or befitting a prince; magnificent:
princely manners.
of or relating to a prince; royal; noble:
princely blood.
that is a prince:
his princely self.
Origin of princely
1490-1500; prince + -ly
Related forms
princeliness, noun
pseudoprincely, adverb
unprincely, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for princely
  • No preliminary interviews are conducted before the royal audiences, which are held by every princely official in the nation.
  • It's as if much that is lost and foolish in us were presented at court-and recognized as princely, of royal blood.
  • We were dwarfs on a desert beach-but dwarfs with a princely flood of water at our feet.
  • Flowers were for holding to one's nose while strolling about in a princely fashion, and also for munching.
  • These regional powerhouses have worked out how to earn princely sums in the world's poorest places.
  • Their princely palaces are not so sumptuous, nor nearly so numerous.
  • From bug fables to princely epics, the computer screen is changing the way animated films look on the movie screen.
British Dictionary definitions for princely


adjective -lier, -liest
generous or lavish
of, belonging to, or characteristic of a prince
in a princely manner
Derived Forms
princeliness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for princely

c.1500, "of a prince," from prince + -ly (2). Meaning "sumptuous, magnificent" is from 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for princely

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for princely

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with princely