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

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Princeps detailed word origin explanation

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*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.