Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The male heir apparent to a throne.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person designated and raised to become the next king.
  • n. A person designated and raised to become the next emperor.
  • n. A person expected to inherit or take over an enterprise or undertaking once its current manager retires or dies.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the heir apparent to a crown or throne.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The eldest son or other heir apparent of a monarch: applied more especially to German princes (translating German kronprinz).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a male heir apparent to a throne

Etymologies

crown adj + prince noun (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A petty sovereign will have to content himself with being embraced merely twice by a monarch such as Francis-Joseph or Emperor William, while a crown prince or heir apparent will receive only one hug.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • The crown prince is also to have a residence of his own at Berlin, where he is to occupy the Bellevue Palace during the court season.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • A very general belief prevails that this arrangement about the care of the little Archduchess Elizabeth, was due to a piece of animosity on the part of the ill-fated crown prince against his wife, and I have seen it stated in print that he had left a will confiding his only child to his father, and directing that its mother should be allowed no voice in its education.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • It is probable that before the education of the crown prince is considered complete, he will be sent on a trip around the world, mainly with the object of endowing him with that breadth of mind which foreign travel alone can give, and partly also with the idea of reviving the dormant loyalty of Germans who have settled in foreign lands.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • First a royal wedding between the young crown prince of Argive and the granddaughter of the redoubtable lord of Korlis.

    The Brothers' War

  • The playmates of the crown prince and his brothers have been not merely the sons of nobles forming part of the imperial household and court, but likewise the children of employes of much less exalted rank, such as the sons of lodge-keepers, gardeners, game-keepers, etc., who all played and tumbled with the young princes on a footing of the most perfect equality, drubbing one another totally irrespective of rank.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • Born crown prince of the now defunct Kingdom of Hanover, he should have succeeded to the throne of the Duchy of Brunswick on the death of his kinsman, the late Duke of Brunswick, in 1884.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • The crown prince is to make his home in the so-called “Stadtschloss” at Potsdam, where he will occupy the same suite of apartments that was tenanted by his parents during the alterations that recently took place at the “Neues Palais.”

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

  • The king took a kindly interest in him, the crown prince was his friend, and by his marriage with Countess Voss, a

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Then each of the royal lads led his pony in front of the box in which the imperial couple sat with their guests, and the crown prince put his horse “Daretz,” through all kinds of tricks, of a high school character, winding up by making the horse kneel in token of salute before the emperor and empress.

    The Secret Memoirs of the Courts of Europe

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