From *prīmoceps by syncope, from prīmus (“first”) + -ceps (“catcher”).
prīnceps m, f, n (genitive prīncipis); third declension
- first, foremost
- chief, distinguished
Third declension, neuter nominative singular like masculine/feminine.
prīnceps m (genitive prīncipis); third declension
- leader, first man
- Consortionis Populorum Princeps
- Head of the Commonwealth
- principal person
- author, originator, founder, head
- chief, director
- prince, sovereign
- (military, as plural) company or division of the second line of soldiers