The son of a monarch; a close male relative of a monarch, especially a son's son; a male royal ruler of a small state, actually, nominally, or originally subject to a king or emperor. The word comes (in Middle English) via Old French from Latin princeps, princip- ‘first, chief, sovereign’, from primus ‘first’ + capere ‘take’.
Prince Charming a fairy-tale hero who first appears as in French Roi Charmant, hero of the Comtesse d'Aulnoy's L'Oiseau Bleu (1697), and in English as King Charming or Prince Charming by James Robinson Planché (1796–1880). The name was later adopted for the hero of various fairy-tale pantomimes, especially the Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella.
Prince Imperial the title of the heir apparent (1854–79) of Napoleon III. Exiled with his parents after his father's abdication, in 1879 he joined the British expedition to Zululand, where he was killed.
Prince of Darkness a name for the Devil, recorded from the early 17th century; in recent usage, it has been taken as a humorous appellation for the Labour politician Peter Mandelson (1953– ), in tribute to his perceived mastery of the ‘black art’ of spin-doctoring.
Prince of Peace a title given to Jesus Christ, in allusion to the prophecy in Isaiah 9:6.
Prince of the Asturias the title of the heir to the throne of Spain.
Prince of Wales a title traditionally granted to the heir apparent to the British throne (usually the eldest son of the sovereign) since Edward I of England gave the title to his son in 1301 after the conquest of Wales.The Prince of Wales' feathers are a plume of three ostrich feathers, first adopted as a crest by the eldest son of Edward III, Edward Plantagenet (1330–76), the Black Prince.
Prince Regent a prince who acts as regent, in particular the title of the future George IV, who was regent from 1811 until he became king in 1820.
See also whosoever draws his sword against the prince must throw the scabbard away at draw, Hamlet without the prince, princes.