Porte

noun
\ ˈpȯrt How to pronounce Porte (audio) \

Definition of Porte

: the government of the Ottoman empire

First Known Use of Porte

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Porte

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

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

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