The Latin principes formed one of the great divisions of the
Roman infantry; so called because they were originally the first to begin the fight. After the Hastati were instituted, this privilege
was transferred to the new division.
Prince of alchemy.
Rudolph II., Emperor of Germany, also called The German Hermes
Trismegistus. Prince of gossips. Samuel Pepys, noted for his
gossiping Diary, commencing January 1st, 1659, and continued for
nine years. (1632-1703.)
Prince of grammarians.
(See Grammarians.) Prince of Peace. The Messiah
(Isaiah ix. 6). Prince of the Power of the Air. Satan (Eph. ii.
2). Prince of the vegetable kingdom. So Linnæus calls the
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894