Principality Prin`ci*pal"i*ty, n.; pl. {Principalities}. [L. principalitas pre["e]minence, excellence: cf. F. principalit['e], principaut['e]. See {Principal}.] 1. Sovereignty; supreme power; hence, superiority; predominance; high, or the highest, station. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

Your principalities shall come down, even the crown of your glory. --Jer. xiii. 18. [1913 Webster]

The prerogative and principality above everything else. --Jer. Taylor. [1913 Webster]

2. A prince; one invested with sovereignty. ``Next upstood Nisroch, of principalities the prime.'' --Milton. [1913 Webster]

3. The territory or jurisdiction of a prince; or the country which gives title to a prince; as, the principality of Wales. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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