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

  • n. A prince judged to be of minor status or importance.

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  • n. A minor or unimportant prince

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A petty prince; a young prince.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as princekin.

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

  • n. a petty or insignificant prince who rules some unimportant principality
  • n. a young prince


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  • Gimli used this word when he was talking about the number of kills Legolas had.

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