sul·​tan | \ ˈsəl-tᵊn How to pronounce sultan (audio) \

Definition of sultan

: a king or sovereign especially of a Muslim state

Other Words from sultan

sultanic \ ˌsəl-​ˈta-​nik How to pronounce sultan (audio) \ adjective

Examples of sultan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the Middle East, Jerusalem fell back into Islamic hands with the conquest of the city by the famed sultan Saladin in 1187. David M. Perry And Matthew Gabriele, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Nov. 2021 Catherine sends the sultan a carriage full of gold bullion. Alice Burton, Vulture, 20 Nov. 2021 For his work, Woodward was presented the United States Typhus Commission Medal as well as the Order of Ouissam by the sultan of Morocco. Steve Bowersox,, 31 Oct. 2021 Dine like a sultan at a Turkish restaurant that recreates menus from the Ottoman Empire. Laura Manske, Forbes, 12 Oct. 2021 Civilian officials were often competent ex-slaves, sometimes including even the vizier of the Ottoman sultan himself. Razib Khan, National Review, 31 July 2021 The sultan’s control over the provinces was irreversibly weakened, and this internal check on Ottoman authority helped curb the trend of Ottoman expansion. Andrea Duffy, The Conversation, 7 June 2021 One bar will be crafted for immediate use, another delicately wrapped in a pouch to take home, ensuring a lasting memory after your sultan stay. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 28 Feb. 2021 Reşit is sheepishly loyal to his sultan, and his proximity to power gives Altan artistic license to portray Abdülhamid’s life in fine, mostly factual detail. Kaya Genç, The New Republic, 30 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of sultan

1555, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sultan

Middle French, from Arabic sulṭān

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English Language Learners Definition of sultan

: a king or ruler of a Muslim state or country


sul·​tan | \ ˈsəl-tᵊn How to pronounce sultan (audio) \

Kids Definition of sultan

: a ruler especially of a Muslim state


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