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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
References in classic literature ?
Why didst thou not keep a still tongue in thy head and let his patron saint look after the welfare of this princeling? Your rashness has brought you to a pretty pass, for it must be either you or I, My Lady, and it cannot be I.
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.
And lo and behold, the answer came not from Ayodhya but from the bloodlines of the princelings of the former state of Jaipur.
Li would become one of the country's most powerful so-called princelings or members of elite families that continue to wield influence.
There was constant bickering, which often led to bloody and mutually destructive wars among the various Welsh princelings and full advantage was taken of this by those who succeeded in making Wales England's first colony.
And during the Cold War, as Moscow backed socialist Arab strongmen, America propped up kings and princelings to prevent the spread of communism in the Arab and Muslim worlds.
It pitted Protestant against Catholic, the Holy Roman Empire against France, the German princes and princelings against the emperor and each other, and France against the Habsburgs of Spain.
There are so many millionaires among the children of its leaders that they have a moniker: the Princelings. This uniquely Chinese brand of influence peddling is now being lavished on President Trump's Princelings and Princesslings.
Party officials who gain power this way are often called "princelings" because they're descended from powerful and prominent Communist parents.
Professor Brown investigates his relationship with his revolutionary father, who was expelled by Mao during the Cultural Revolution, his business dealings and allegiances in China's regional power struggles, and his role in the internal battle raging between the old men of the Deng era and the new super-rich 'princelings'.
HSBC said in its full-year accounts that it was one of many financial institutions being probed by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over whether it had hired people with links to Asian government officials, known as "princelings".