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1. A male member of a royal family other than the monarch, especially a son of the monarch.
a. A man who is a ruler of a principality.
b. A hereditary male ruler; a king.
3. A nobleman of varying status or rank.
4. An outstanding man, especially in a particular group or class: a merchant prince.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin prīnceps; see per in Indo-European roots.]

prince′ship′ n.
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1. the rank of a prince
2. a prince's period of reign
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This style has indeed given credence to the wise saying that nobility is the hallmark of princeship and a strong sense of character and patience are great assets.
(94) For example, in one of his Bull Inscriptions, Sennacherib writes that, "The mistress of the gods, the mistress of creation, looked at me favorably in the womb of the mother who bore me ...," (95) and after Ashurbanipal was appointed crown prince, he wrote a letter in which he says of his lately deceased mother, "Assur and Samas decreed for me the crown princeship of Assyria on account of her righteousness." (96)