[ suhl-tn ]
/ ˈsʌl tn /
the sovereign of an Islamic country.
(often initial capital letter) any of the former sovereigns of Turkey.
any absolute ruler or despot.
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Origin of sultan
1545–55; < Middle French < Turkish < Arabic sulṭān sovereign
Related formssul·tan·ic [suhl-tan-ik] /sʌlˈtæn ɪk/, adjectivesul·tan·like, adjectivesul·tan·ship, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sultanic
/ (ˈsʌltən) /
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
Derived Formssultanic (sʌlˈtænɪk), adjectivesultan-like, adjectivesultanship, noun
Word Origin for sultan
C16: from Medieval Latin sultānus, from Arabic sultān rule, from Aramaic salita to rule
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Word Origin and History for sultanic
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.
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