Porte

noun

: the government of the Ottoman empire

Word History

Etymology

French, short for Sublime Porte, literally, sublime gate; from the gate of the sultan's palace where justice was administered

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Porte was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Porte.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Porte. Accessed 4 Feb. 2023.

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