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A prince judged to be of minor status or importance.


1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Also called: princekin a young prince
2. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) Also called: princelet the ruler of an insignificant territory; petty or minor prince


(ˈprɪns lɪŋ)

also prince•let




a young, subordinate, or minor prince.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.princeling - a petty or insignificant prince who rules some unimportant principality
prince - a male member of a royal family other than the sovereign (especially the son of a sovereign)
2.princeling - a young prince
prince - a male member of a royal family other than the sovereign (especially the son of a sovereign)


n (old, liter)Prinzchen nt
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Despite his chill, and despite his teeth that were already beginning to chatter while the burning sun extracted the moisture in curling mist-wreaths from the deck planking, Van Horn cuddled Jerry in his arms and called him princeling, and prince, and a king, and a son of kings.
Xi grew up as a princeling of the new ruling elite, but in the fractious era that followed, his father fell out of favour, targeted for humiliation in the Cultural Revolution and imprisoned.
Running from early July to early August, the coastal town's jam-packed seven-event festival promises everything from jazz to Lebanese pop of yesteryear, from reggae princeling Julian Marley to Teutonic alt-rockers Milky Chance and Sir Elton John.
The report cited Kushner's marriage to Trump's daughter and fellow adviser, Ivanka, and the fact that Xi himself is technically a princeling since his father, Xi Zhongxun, played a critical role in China's Communist revolution.
Xi Jinping, the current Chinese leader, has shown no hesitation to go after very senior people in the Party, from Bo Xilai, the famous princeling who may have been Xi's key rival to succeed Hu Jintao, to Zhou Yongkang, the former internal security czar and oil baron, to Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong, Chinese generals and former vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission (the 11-member body composed of officers and Xi himself that runs China's military).
The fact that the foreword for the book was written by Liu Yazhou, a princeling political commissar of the National Defense University, gives the work gravity within the Chinese defense community.
They saw him as little more than a shallow, inexperienced political princeling.
Here are 20 facts about the man and the country over which he rules 1 Born in Beijing in 1953, as the son of revolutionary general Xi Zhongxun, a comrade of Chairman Mao, he led the privileged childhood of a so-called Red Princeling.
Although this yarn about a humans-vs-monsters struggle to capture a monster princeling will seem too gooey and elementary for fans of more brain-teasing family fare like "Inside Out," its technical wizardry and zippy, Hollywood-influenced storytelling smarts dwarf any brand of tyke-skewing entertainment China has ever come up with.
One princeling told a Western diplomat of their contempt for the previous plebian leadership.
Setting aside the princeling issue, there has been a noted change in the backgrounds of Standing Committee and Politburo members.
The Daily Mail is breathlessly writing about which of Kate Middleton's identical friends is most likely to be named the Royal Tasteful Wrap Dress Wearer-in-Chief to the court of the new little princeling, and every other website in the universe, devoid of any pertinent information or actual details to write about, is contenting themselves with trying to guess what its name will be.