One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The son of a monarch.
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Oral folktales often expressed the hopes and aspirations of a peasant class where paupers became princes and virtuous girls princesses.’
- ‘Once upon a time, India's princes and princesses lived in the kind of wealth you would only find in fairy tales.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘By the middle of the century, many kings, princes, bishops, and nobles had clearly become reluctant to ‘represent’, act out, their status and grandeur.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Shades of yellow that included brown were the prerogative of the princes and princesses.’
- ‘Is that so bad if Rual wants to read about elegant princes saving beautiful princess from danger?’
- ‘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?’
- ‘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.’
- ‘It was intimidating being in the presence of princes and princesses, even though they ranged from Sasha's seventeen to Alois' fifty-nine.’
- ‘Uneasy relations between the prince and his father lasted until Henry IV's death in 1413.’
- ‘I was anticipating a marvelous story with a princess waiting for her prince in her royal castle.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘For a second her mind broke free of the constraints of logic, imagining playful pixies and marauding dragons; captured princesses and vengeful princes.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘There are the kings and queens, princes and princesses, dukes and duchesses, and barons.’
- ‘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 A close male relative of a monarch, especially a son's son.
- ‘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.’
- 1.2 A male royal ruler of a small state, actually, nominally, or originally subject to a king or emperor.
ruler, sovereign, lord, overlord, dynast, leader, monarch, crowned headView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘This enables a prince to keep close watch on his state and to quickly resolve any troubles as they arise.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Succession to the throne passes to the direct and legitimate descendants of the prince, with male descendants taking precedence over female.’
- ‘At this time it was necessary for scientists to obtain patronage from their kings, princes or rulers.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘He also knew that even Catholic German princes such as the Duke of Bavaria would put their independence before loyalty to Vienna.’
- ‘The king, leading princes, and government ministers often are seen on television performing their culturally prescribed roles.’
- ‘Clarence was the first son of Edward, prince of Wales, and grandson of Queen Victoria.’
- 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘This played into the hands of the dukes, princes and landholders who had no desire to share political power.’
- ‘The official guest list named at least 70 kings, queens, grand dukes, princes, counts and lesser nobles.’
- 1.4prince of/among A man or thing regarded as outstanding or excellent in a particular sphere or group.‘arctic char is a prince among fishes’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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?’
- ‘Instead, Tadpole does ultimately reveal a subtle, witty prince of a film to be charmed by.’
- ‘That sage of The Sun and prince of the pun Kelvin Mackenzie has never been short of a tale or two.’
- ‘Big-budget Spielberg is a warm and sentimental storyteller, the master of the grand scale, the prince of popcorn entertainment.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘But his celebrity as the ‘punk prince of ballet’ always masked a considerable talent for making dances.’
- ‘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.’
Middle English: via Old French from Latin princeps, princip- ‘first, chief, sovereign’, from primus ‘first’ + capere ‘take’.
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