Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to a prince; royal.
  • adj. Befitting a prince, as:
  • adj. Noble: a princely bearing.
  • adj. Munificent; lavish: inherited a princely sum.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to a prince.
  • adj. Befitting to a prince.
  • adv. In the manner of a royal prince's conduct.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or relating to a prince; regal; royal; of highest rank or authority
  • adj. Suitable for, or becoming to, a prince; grand; august; munificent; magnificent
  • adv. In a princely manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining or belonging to a prince; having the rank of a prince; regal.
  • Resembling a prince; princelike; having the appearance or manner of one high-born; stately; magnanimous; noble.
  • Befitting a prince; munificent; magnificent; regal: as, a princely gift; a princely banquet; a princely fortune.
  • Synonyms August, imperial.
  • Bounteous.
  • In a princelike manner; royally.

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

  • adj. rich and superior in quality
  • adj. having the rank of or befitting a prince

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Examples

  • In princely guards!] [W: priestly guards] The first folio has, in both places, _prenzie_, from which the other folios made _princely_, and every editor may make what he can.

    Notes to Shakespeare — Volume 01: Comedies

  • Six months ago, Mrs. Mohamed called Mr. Nur and sold her villa to him for $30,000, a small price for what she calls a princely home with a walled yard.

    From Somalia's Chaos, Housing Market Is Born

  • In the country of Wild Oats, wit and humor are held in sufficient estimation to win you forgiveness for what fools call a misalliance, and what I call a princely marriage.

    Laboulaye's Fairy Book

  • All this luxury, called princely by persons who do not know what real princes are, was built in the garden of the house of a purveyor made a Croesus by the Revolution, who had escaped to Brussels and died there after going into bankruptcy.

    The Imaginary Mistress

  • He is tall, handsome, and has what you might call princely manners.

    The Sunny Side of Diplomatic Life, 1875-1912

  • 'In fact, the people of many American States are free to treat with all possible public and private distinction a personage who not only was elected to a position which may be called princely, but who actually exercised for several years a greater authority over millions of American citizens than has belonged to any

    France and the Republic A Record of Things Seen and Learned in the French Provinces During the 'Centennial' Year 1889

  • The hospitality of that house I may well call princely; it was the boundless hospitality of the heart, which, if it has no Aladdin's lamp to create a palace for the guest, does him still higher service by the freedom of its bounty to the very last drop of its powers.

    At Home And Abroad Or, Things And Thoughts In America and Europe

  • The hospitality of that house I may well call princely; it was the boundless hospitality of the heart, which, if it has no Aladdin's lamp to create a palace for the guest, does him still higher service by the freedom of its bounty up to the very last drop of its powers.

    Summer on the Lakes, in 1843

  • "princely" -- were now uncertificated bankrupts, or had blown their brains out, or had come within the meshes of the law and the walls of a convict prison; while others, who at that time lived upon hope and the "whiff of an oiled rag," now fared sumptuously every day, and would do so unto their lives 'end.

    The Sign of the Spider

  • He could not prospect for mines of gold and of silver, of iron, copper, and coal; he could not discover and work wells of petroleum and natural gas; he could not build up, sell, and speculate in railroad systems and steamship companies; he could not gamble in the stock market; he could not build huge manufactories of steel, of cottons, of woollens; he could not be a banker or a merchant on a scale which is dwarfed when called princely; he could not sit still and see an already great income double and quadruple because of the mere growth in the value of real estate in some teeming city.

    The Winning of the West, Volume 3 The Founding of the Trans-Alleghany Commonwealths, 1784-1790

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