princeps etymology

Latin word princeps comes from Proto-Italic *priisemokaps (Chief, distinguished Leader.)

Detailed word origin of princeps

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*priisemokaps Proto-Italic (itc-pro) Chief, distinguished Leader.
princeps Latin (lat) (military, as plural) company or division of the second line of soldiers. Author, originator, founder, head. Chief, director. Leader, first man. Prince, sovereign. Principal person Chief, distinguished. First, foremost.