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a petty or insignificant prince who rules some unimportant principality

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a young prince

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His selection as premier reflected the previous leadership generation's strategy of balancing princelings against league members in important government posts.
The New Emperors is sub-titled Power and the Princelings in China.
This emerged strongly at the Udaipur session of the All India States People's Conference six years later, where he argued that the princelings were mere mirror images of British imperialists.
While the party will put on a unified face during the Congress, the past few weeks have seen fierce jostling for power between the ruling factions, and among the princelings and the cadres linked to the Communist Youth League that is President Hu's power base.
With these being their prime worries, there is nothing to stop the Saudi princelings from turning some rusty territory in the Hejaz mountains into a pale reflection of that other "mecca"--Las Vegas .
Austerity is for the classroom assistant, the street-sweeper, the police officer, not for the gilded princelings of the Eurocracy" - Tory MEP Daniel Hannan, describing how two EU grandees flew from Brussels to the same Russian summit in separate private jets within four hours of each other.
Besides, the princelings have charmed lives of privilege and unearned honour.
To counterbalance the growing power of Jiang's Shanghai gang and princelings, delegates elsewhere often voted against Jiang's proteges on the ballot for the membership of the Central Committee.
In contrast with three decades when the roles of the offspring of the great revolutionary leaders ("princelings") were sharply constrained, beginning at the end of 2012 all of China's governing bodies--notably the top leader, the Politburo Standing Committee, the Politburo, and the Central Committee, as well as to a lesser extent the congress and the military--will be dominated by princelings.
The House of Windsor would not exist: they would have remained the House of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, and would today, probably be minor German provincial princelings.
The diehard reactionary was also happy to champion a united German parliament as a weapon against recalcitrant German princelings, who understandably feared Prussian dominance.
Even after their humiliating defeat to Germany, Fabio Capello was making excuses for his princelings, claiming they lost because they "were tired".
It is his conviction that the real Germany can be found in the stuff usually absent from the history books: the obscure artists and the mad petty princelings, the herbalists and ornithologists and forgotten inventors whose artifacts stuff local museums.
TV camera crews, reporters and photographers, politicians and princelings (Wot
Saudi's oil moguls and princelings have thrown out an invitation to producers and consumers to Jeddah next weekend to chew the fat.