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[soo-zuh-rin-tee, -reyn-] /ˈsu zə rɪn ti, -ˌreɪn-/
noun, plural suzerainties.
the position or authority of a suzerain.
the domain or area subject to a suzerain.
Origin of suzerainty
1815-25; < French suzeraineté, Middle French suserenete, equivalent to suseren suzerain + -ete -ity Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Nothing was said as to the "suzerainty of her Majesty" mentioned in the Convention of 1881.

  • He revived the obsolete claim to suzerainty, and pretended that the Scots were rebels.

    Henry VIII. A. F. Pollard
  • Llywelyn the Great refused to dispute the suzerainty of England.

    Medival Wales A. G. Little
  • Here he lorded it over the natives, but acknowledged the suzerainty of the Spaniards.

    The Philippine Islands Ramon Reyes Lala
  • It is governed by a prince who is nominally under the suzerainty of Turkey.

    The Flags of the World

    F. Edward Hulme
  • But he was compelled to acknowledge the suzerainty of the Sultan.

  • The suzerainty of the Queen-Empress was accepted as a matter of course.

    The Pacification of Burma

    Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
  • Their chief aim was to remove the suzerainty of the Senate over them.

  • Turkish suzerainty affected them only to the extent that it isolated them from the world.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
  • But they've been intriguing for years to re-establish the suzerainty they once had over it.

    The Jungle Girl

    Gordon Casserly
British Dictionary definitions for suzerainty


noun (pl) -ties
the position, power, or dignity of a suzerain
the relationship between suzerain and subject
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for suzerainty

late 15c., from Old French suserenete; see suzerain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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