- a person who possesses great power, as a sovereign, monarch, or ruler.
Origin of potentate
Examples from the Web for potentate
Money became a potentate whose power is greater even than that of the president, controlling and outlasting any political fortune.Money Rules in the New D.C.
April 8, 2009
I don't know whether that potentate ever communicated with me.
The potentate glanced at the pianist, and then dropped his heavy eyelids.Melomaniacs
They know no gratitude, and they would not cringe to the greatest Christian potentate.The Philippine Islands
The potentate saw that flash of glory, and put himself "on-side."Ambrotox and Limping Dick
As a matter of fact, the newcomer did not look in the least like an Eastern potentate.The Slave of Silence
Fred M. White
- a person who possesses great power or authority, esp a ruler or monarch
Word Origin and History for potentate
c.1400, from Old French potentat and directly from Late Latin potentatus "a ruler," also "political power," from Latin potentatus "might, power, rule, dominion," from potentem (nominative potens) "powerful" (see potent).