Part of speech: noun

The territory of a reigning prince.

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Usage examples "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)", 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", 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", S. R. Crockett.