[ 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
OTHER WORDS FROM sultansul·tan·ic [suhl-tan-ik] /sʌlˈtæn ɪk/, adjectivesul·tan·like, adjectivesul·tan·ship, noun
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Example sentences from the Web for sultanic
Can a sultanic court declare another right than that which the sultan has ordained to be right?
I am seeking for sultanic right, not my right; I am seeking for—foreign right.
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 forms of sultansultanic (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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