- the sovereign of an Islamic country.
- (often initial capital letter) any of the former sovereigns of Turkey.
- any absolute ruler or despot.
Origin of sultan
Examples from the Web for sultan
Ricky Gervais, the sultan of scorn, uttered that cheeky bit while emceeing the Golden Globes ceremony a few years back.The Golden Globes Sobers Up (Sort Of): Years of Ridicule and Bribery Rumors Scares HFPA Straight
December 11, 2014
As a teenager, I was the mistress of his brother—who ‘gave’ me as a gift to the sultan.The Best of the Beast, May 5-12
The Daily Beast
May 10, 2014
And yet it is the privilege of the prince and the sultan to misbehave.
At the time, the sultan was the wealthiest man in the world.
Just two weeks later, the Sultan issued his decree that shariah, Islamic law, would be the new law of the land.Brunei Returns to the Stoning Age
April 22, 2014
The interview with the Sultan was the last, and was interesting and characteristic.
His firmness prevailed, and the Sultan agreed to take what he offered.Cameos from English History, from Rollo to Edward II
Charlotte Mary Yonge
"The nephew of the Sultan, Monsieur—" he answered, instantly.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
The mother of the sultan sent him a box, set with diamonds, valued at L1000.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
My dear Evelyn, you are born to spoil every one—from Sultan to Aubrey.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
- the sovereign of a Muslim country, esp of the former Ottoman Empire
- an arbitrary ruler; despot
- a small domestic fowl with a white crest and heavily feathered legs and feet: originated in Turkey
Word Origin and History for sultan
1550s, from Middle French sultan "ruler of Turkey" (16c.), from Arabic sultan "ruler, king, queen, power, dominion," from Aramaic shultana "power," from shelet "have power." His wife, mother, daughter, concubine, or sister is a sultana.