Meaning of PRINCE in English


I. ˈprin(t)s noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin princip-, princeps first person, chief, prince, literally, one who takes the first part, from prin- (from primus first) + -cip-, -ceps (from capere to take) — more at heave


a. : a sovereign ruler : monarch

noblemen passed from court to court, seeking service with one prince or another — W.M.Thackeray

b. : the ruler of a principality or state

New Delhi has promised the princes … the right to be called Your Highness — Time

the Prince of Monaco

2. : a male member of a royal family ; especially : a son or a grandson in the male line of the British king or queen

3. : a nobleman whose rank and status vary from one part of the world to another

Polynesian princes

a Chinese prince of the first degree

4. : an ecclesiastic of high rank ; specifically : cardinal


a. : a person at the head of a class or profession : one very outstanding in a specified respect

a prince among men

that prince of hosts who left nothing undone for the comfort of his guests

a very prince of poets

— compare merchant prince

b. : a jolly good fellow : an open-handed and genial friend

he's a real prince

II. intransitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

obsolete : to play or act the part of a prince — often used with it

showed a disposition to prince it

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