[ poht-n-teyt ]
/ ˈpoʊt nˌteɪt /


a person who possesses great power, as a sovereign, monarch, or ruler.

Origin of potentate

1350–1400; Middle English <Late Latin potentātus potentate, Latin: power, dominion. See potent1, -ate3
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British Dictionary definitions for potentate

/ (ˈpəʊtənˌteɪt) /


a person who possesses great power or authority, esp a ruler or monarch

Word Origin for potentate

C14: from Late Latin potentātus ruler, from Latin: rule, command, from potens powerful, from posse to be able
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