Monday, November 03, 2003
potentate noun [POH-tuhn-tayt] One who possesses great power or sway; a ruler, sovereign, or monarch.
Definitions for potentate
- One who possesses great power or sway; a ruler, sovereign, or monarch.
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Citations for potentate
The shah of Persia, although he had to acknowledge that the sultan was a worthy rival, still considered himself a mighty potentate, as did the sultan himself.
How can he run the operation, an industry potentate wonders, "when the operations people don't report to him?"
Origin of potentate
Potentate derives from Late Latin potentatus, "a powerful person," from Latin potentatus, "power, especially political power; supremacy," from potens, "able, powerful," from posse, "to be able." It is related to potent, "powerful," and potential, "having possibility or capability."