(noun.) a male member of a royal family other than the sovereign (especially the son of a sovereign).

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(a.) The one of highest rank; one holding the highest place and authority; a sovereign; a monarch; -- originally applied to either sex, but now rarely applied to a female.

(a.) The son of a king or emperor, or the issue of a royal family; as, princes of the blood.

(a.) A title belonging to persons of high rank, differing in different countries. In England it belongs to dukes, marquises, and earls, but is given to members of the royal family only. In Italy a prince is inferior to a duke as a member of a particular order of nobility; in Spain he is always one of the royal family.

(a.) The chief of any body of men; one at the head of a class or profession; one who is preeminent; as, a merchant prince; a prince of players.

(v. i.) To play the prince.



n. [1]. Sovereign, ruler, monarch, potentate.[2]. Sovereign's son (especially the eldest son).



n. one of the highest rank: a sovereign: son of a king or emperor: a title of nobility as in Germany: the chief of any body of men:—fem. Prin′cess.—v.i. to play the prince (usually with it).—ns. Prince′-bish′op a bishop who was also the civil ruler or prince of his diocese; Prince′-Con′sort the husband of a reigning queen; Prince′dom the estate jurisdiction sovereignty or rank of a prince; Prince′hood rank or quality of a prince; Prince′-Impē′rial the eldest son of an emperor; Prince′kin Prince′let Prince′ling a little or inferior prince.—adj. Prince′-like becoming a prince.—n. Prince′liness.—adj. Prince′ly prince-like: becoming a prince: grand: august: regal.—adv. in a prince-like manner.—adv. Prin′cessly like a princess.—n. Prin′cess-Roy′al the eldest daughter of a sovereign.—adj. Prin′cified ridiculously dignified.—n. Mer′chant-prince a merchant who has gained great wealth.—Prince of darkness Prince of this world Satan; Prince of Peace Christ: the Messiah; Prince of Wales the eldest son of the British sovereign; Prince Rupert's drops (see Drop); Prince's feather a tall showy annual with spikes of rose-coloured flowers; Prince's metal a gold-like alloy of 70 parts of copper and 25 of zinc.





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