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princely

[prins-lee] /ˈprɪns li/
adjective, princelier, princeliest.
1.
greatly liberal; lavish; magnificent:
a princely entertainment.
2.
like or befitting a prince; magnificent:
princely manners.
3.
of or pertaining to a prince; royal; noble:
princely blood.
4.
that is a prince:
his princely self.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; prince + -ly
Related forms
princeliness, noun
pseudoprincely, adverb
unprincely, adjective
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  • No preliminary interviews are conducted before the royal audiences, which are held by every princely official in the nation.
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British Dictionary definitions for princely

princely

/ˈprɪnslɪ/
adjective -lier, -liest
1.
generous or lavish
2.
of, belonging to, or characteristic of a prince
adverb
3.
in a princely manner
Derived Forms
princeliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for princely
adj.

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

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