Origin of suzerain
Examples from the Web for suzerain
Through them their master acted as the guardian of the young king and the suzerain of the kingdom.The English Church in the Middle Ages|William Hunt
China claimed to be suzerain of Corea, a claim which Japan sternly denied.Historic Tales, Vol. 12 (of 15)|Charles Morris
Both as a Sunn and as one who had not owned a suzerain, the position was unpleasant for Bbur.The Bbur-nma in English|Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
We will acknowledge the Empress of India as our suzerain, and secure for her the Levantine coast.Tancred|Benjamin Disraeli
Eimsin vainly appealed for help against him to his relative and suzerain Kudur-lagamar, who had succeeded Simtishilkhak at Susa.
- a state or sovereign exercising some degree of dominion over a dependent state, usually controlling its foreign affairs
- (as modifier)a suzerain power
- a feudal overlord
- (as modifier)suzerain lord
Word Origin for suzerain
"sovereign, ruler," late 15c. (implied in suzerainty), from Old French sus "up, above" (from Vulgar Latin susum, from Latin sursum "upward, above," contraction of subversum, from sub "up from below") + vertere "a turning" (see versus). With ending from sovereign.