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noun\ˈsü-zə-rən, -ˌrān; ˈsüz-rən\
Definition of SUZERAIN
: a superior feudal lord to whom fealty is due :overlord
: a dominant state controlling the foreign relations of a vassal state but allowing it sovereign authority in its internal affairs
Origin of SUZERAIN
French, from Middle French souserain, from sus up (from Latin sursum, from sub- up + versum -ward, from neuter of versus, past participle of vertere to turn) + -erain (as in soverain sovereign) — more at sub-, worth