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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.


1. the rank of a prince
2. a prince's period of reign
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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.
Clearly, the political ideology of the time was beginning to shift toward a notion of princeship anchored on religious morality: even godlike kings must face the wrath of divine justice.
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