What does the word principality mean?

Usage examples for principality

  1. This castle in the air faded away when news reached Berlin at the beginning of August that Napoleon was seeking to bring the Elector of Hesse- Cassel into the Rhenish Confederation, and was offering as a bait the domains of some Imperial Knights and the principality of Fulda, now held by the Prince of Orange, a relative of Frederick William. – The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2) by John Holland Rose
  2. Of the greatest house, save one or two, in France, he travelled much, distinguished himself in battle, both in foreign and civil war; was once condemned to death, made head for a time against all the strength of Richelieu; was near purchasing the principality of Cyprus from the Venetians, and establishing himself in the east; was recalled, commanded the French forces with brilliant success in the Valtelline, and met his death under Bernhard of Saxe- Weimar at Rheinfeld. – A Short History of French Literature by George Saintsbury
  3. Women are thrawn contrary things at the best, Evans, as I dare say you have noticed in your Principality of Wales. – The Dew of Their Youth by S. R. Crockett