• IPA: /pɹɪnsɪˈpælɪti/


  1. (countable) A region or sovereign nation headed by a prince or princess. [from 14th c.]
    • 1990, Peter Hopkirk, The Great Game, Folio Society 2010, p. 14:
      At this time Russia consisted of a dozen or so principalities, which were frequently at war with one another.
  2. (theology, countable) A spiritual being, specifically in Christian angelology, the fifth level of angels, ranked above powers and below dominions. [from 16th c.]
  3. (obsolete) The state of being a prince or ruler; sovereignty, absolute authority. [14th-19th c.]
  4. (now rare) The state of being principal; pre-eminence. [from 14th c.]
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Proper noun
  1. Wales
    • 1967, Transactions - Institute of British Geographers
      During the last decade or so Wales has attracted about 10 per cent of British holiday-makers. According to a sample survey carried out in 1961, the Principality accommodated 4 million people in that year who spent a total of 28-million holiday nights.
    • 2015, Gareth Bennett, David Collins, The Little Book of Cardiff, The History Press ISBN 9780750964807
      Welshmen from throughout the Principality, as well as well-known international players, came to Cardiff to don the famous balck-and-blue jersey.
  2. Alternative letter-case form of principality; any of the actual extant principalities.
    • 2002, Eur, Western Europe 2003, Psychology Press ISBN 9781857431520, page 451
      The affair led to a crisis in relations between France and the Principality, with the French Government overruling Prince Rainier by refusing to extend the mandate of Monaco's Chief Prosecutor

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