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An heir to the throne (ranking behind the monarchy's other male rulers, such as the king, grand prince, and grand duke) or a male member of the royal or ex-royal family is known as a prince. In several European countries, the title of prince is also a noble title (typically the highest), which is frequently hereditary. In the feminine world, a princess is referred as as "The first, most notable, noble ruler, prince," according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is derived from the Latin noun prnceps, which comes from the words primus (first) and capio (to grab).