suzerainty

[ soo-zuh-rin-tee, -reyn- ]
/ ˈsu zə rɪn ti, -ˌreɪn- /

noun, plural su·ze·rain·ties.

the position or authority of a suzerain.
the domain or area subject to a suzerain.

Nearby words

  1. suwannee,
  2. suwon,
  3. suwŏn,
  4. suzanne,
  5. suzerain,
  6. suzhou,
  7. suzie,
  8. suzuki harunobu,
  9. suárez,
  10. suárez, francisco

Origin of suzerainty

1815–25; < French suzeraineté, Middle French suserenete, equivalent to suseren suzerain + -ete -ity

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British Dictionary definitions for suzerainty

suzerainty

/ (ˈsuːzərəntɪ) /

noun plural -ties

the position, power, or dignity of a suzerain
the relationship between suzerain and subject
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Word Origin and History for suzerainty

suzerainty

n.

late 15c., from Old French suserenete; see suzerain.

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