Main definitions of prince in English

: prince1Prince2

prince1

noun

  • 1The son of a monarch.

    • ‘Four of the park's 10 staff mermaids perform at each show in the spring's chilly waters, along with a male swimmer who plays the prince in the story.’
    • ‘Once upon a time, India's princes and princesses lived in the kind of wealth you would only find in fairy tales.’
    • ‘Ugly sisters and wicked stepmothers, handsome princes and beautiful princesses are all culprits in making some children grow up with low self-esteem, say the US academics.’
    • ‘I was anticipating a marvelous story with a princess waiting for her prince in her royal castle.’
    • ‘For a second her mind broke free of the constraints of logic, imagining playful pixies and marauding dragons; captured princesses and vengeful princes.’
    • ‘It was intimidating being in the presence of princes and princesses, even though they ranged from Sasha's seventeen to Alois' fifty-nine.’
    • ‘Oral folktales often expressed the hopes and aspirations of a peasant class where paupers became princes and virtuous girls princesses.’
    • ‘In a moment of fancy, I leaned forward to gently kiss her on the lips, much like the prince reviving Princess Aurora from enchanted slumber.’
    • ‘The play also deals with Galileo's tutoring of princes, and touches lightly on his familial relations, most especially on his relations with his friend, the future Pope Urban VIII.’
    • ‘Stories of angels, princes and princesses of far-away lands and fairy tales would certainly carry off children to a new world, where their imagination could take on wings.’
    • ‘What will all these little princes and princesses be like in their teenage years, if they get used to absolute, undivided attention from everyone when they're three and a half?’
    • ‘We have been primed for it from the very beginning with fairy tales, princes and princesses falling in love at first sight and, mysteriously, living happily ever after.’
    • ‘Is that so bad if Rual wants to read about elegant princes saving beautiful princess from danger?’
    • ‘There are the kings and queens, princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses, and barons.’
    • ‘By the middle of the century, many kings, princes, bishops, and nobles had clearly become reluctant to ‘represent’, act out, their status and grandeur.’
    • ‘This was once the place of royal summer retreat, and there is a wealth of stories about the kings, queens, princes and princesses who spent time here.’
    • ‘Uneasy relations between the prince and his father lasted until Henry IV's death in 1413.’
    • ‘Shades of yellow that included brown were the prerogative of the princes and princesses.’
    • ‘As the ungainly child of an unlucky shoemaker and an illiterate washerwoman in the Danish city of Odense, he dreamed of being a famous actor and made up little plays about princes and princesses.’
    • ‘Perhaps there should be a rule that princes only become monarch if there are no princesses, and that all Governors General be female?’
    1. 1.1 A close male relative of a monarch, especially a grandson.
      • ‘The prince is the grandson of the founder of Saudi Arabia, King Abdul Aziz, and a nephew of Saudi King Fahd and Crown Prince Abdullah.’
      • ‘Close relatives of the tsar were called grand princes, usually translated as grand dukes.’
      • ‘Like his great-grandfather, Akbar the Great, the young prince cultivated good relations with his Hindu subjects.’
    2. 1.2 A male monarch of a small state, actually, nominally, or originally subject to a king or emperor.
      ‘he was the prince of a small kingdom that was now part of Pakistan’
      • ‘The king, leading princes, and government ministers often are seen on television performing their culturally prescribed roles.’
      • ‘The council waited for their lord to continue, which was not until the prince had left the chamber and the door was closed and locked.’
      • ‘At this time it was necessary for scientists to obtain patronage from their kings, princes or rulers.’
      • ‘This enables a prince to keep close watch on his state and to quickly resolve any troubles as they arise.’
      • ‘Clarence was the first son of Edward, prince of Wales, and grandson of Queen Victoria.’
      • ‘These displays of generosity were used by princes to bind their subjects to themselves, promoting a culture based on the granting of gifts in exchange for loyalty and service.’
      • ‘Succession to the throne passes to the direct and legitimate descendants of the prince, with male descendants taking precedence over female.’
      • ‘In the resolution of conflicts to which such differences in interest and expectation gave rise, the issue of who gave counsel to kings and princes was one on which the stability of a kingdom might depend.’
      • ‘In the medieval times, most patronage came from the Church but the ruling classes, the kings, princes and nobles, made up a second group of patrons.’
      • ‘Thus English kings paid homage, albeit usually reluctantly, to the kings of France for their tenure of Aquitaine, and in turn claimed homage from Welsh princes and Scottish kings.’
      • ‘He also knew that even Catholic German princes such as the Duke of Bavaria would put their independence before loyalty to Vienna.’
      ruler, sovereign, lord, overlord, dynast, leader, monarch, crowned head
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    3. 1.3 (in France, Germany, and other European countries) a nobleman, usually ranking next below a duke.
      • ‘Many princes and dukes have come, seeking your hands in marriage.’
      • ‘Operas were originally composed and presented as a sumptuous accompaniment to some special event, such as the weddings or birthdays of dukes, princes, and the like.’
      • ‘The official guest list named at least 70 kings, queens, grand dukes, princes, counts and lesser nobles.’
      • ‘A prince and a duke dreamed up the idea of a race for non-Czech horses and it soon became an integral part of the European racing calendar.’
      • ‘This played into the hands of the dukes, princes and landholders who had no desire to share political power.’
    4. 1.4prince of/among A man or thing regarded as pre-eminent in a particular sphere or group.
      ‘arctic char is a prince among fishes’
      • ‘But his celebrity as the ‘punk prince of ballet’ always masked a considerable talent for making dances.’
      • ‘That sage of The Sun and prince of the pun Kelvin Mackenzie has never been short of a tale or two.’
      • ‘Instead, Tadpole does ultimately reveal a subtle, witty prince of a film to be charmed by.’
      • ‘It came courtesy of my pal Dave, prince of quipsters.’
      • ‘Nemo is a little fish kid whose overprotective dad, Marlin, is perfectly voiced by Albert Brooks, that prince of good-natured anxiety.’
      • ‘Big-budget Spielberg is a warm and sentimental storyteller, the master of the grand scale, the prince of popcorn entertainment.’
      • ‘What will the 63-year-old prince of folk, whose anthems were adopted by the civil rights movement in the early 1960s, tell us next?’
      • ‘Whether you welcome this prince of silly or shun him as a hopeless jester, on stage his outlandish world cannot fail to charm.’
      • ‘Manager of its football team from 1963 to 1974, this prince of charm was a true gentleman, magnanimous in defeat and generous in victory.’
      • ‘At a time when scanning and imaging were unknown factors, this prince of medicine made use of his own techniques to treat and cure people free of cost.’

Phrases

  • prince of the blood

    • A man who is a prince by right of his royal descent.

      • ‘Less than ten of the Notables were non-nobles; 18 were clerics, 7 were princes of the blood, each assigned to preside over a working party (bureau).’
      • ‘It was headed by the grand officers of the crown and the gentilhommes d' honneur of the princes of the blood.’
      • ‘The seriousness with which the Beijing government now looked at the situation is shown by the appointment of these two princes of the blood to rescue Nanjing.’
      • ‘As the king was an orphan, it was the senior prince of the blood, his uncle Philippe duke d' Orléans, who would act as regent.’
      • ‘Only the king could appoint people to it and normally only princes of the blood (the most senior nobles), senior prelates and magnates were allowed to join.’
      • ‘It was plain as soon as I was ushered into each man's presence that these were not mere business leaders, but princes of the blood.’
      • ‘Slightly more than three and one-half years later, Henri de Bourbon, prince of Conde and first prince of the blood made his entry into Dijon as Burgundy's new royal governor.’
      • ‘He dealt with captains of industry, ministers of the Crown, peers of the realm and princes of the blood - I was on the fringes of this highly powered world.’
      • ‘He was released when the king died in December, and his family claimed, as first princes of the blood, the guardianship of the young Charles IX.’
      • ‘The Maréchaux of France, the main officers of the crown, the second estate of the nobility all of the Huguenots, ‘politiques’ and atheists and nearly all of the princes of the blood belonged to the party of the King of Navarre.’

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin princeps, princip- ‘first, chief, sovereign’, from primus ‘first’ + capere ‘take’.

Pronunciation

prince

/prɪns/

Main definitions of prince in English

: prince1Prince2

Prince2

proper noun

  • (1958–2016), US singer, songwriter, and musician; born Prince Rogers Nelson. Known for his distinctive fusion of funk, rock, and dance music as well as his flamboyant dress and highly sexual lyrics, he achieved international fame in the 1980s with songs like Purple Rain (1984), When Doves Cry (1984), and Kiss (1986).

Pronunciation

Prince

/prɪns/