sul·​tan ˈsəl-tᵊn How to pronounce sultan (audio)
: a king or sovereign especially of a Muslim state
sultanic adjective

Examples of sultan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There’s a gap between that and hopping into my 2035 model year Honda Civic, pulling up an address on my phone, and having the Civic chauffeur me there like a sultan. Bryan Walsh, Vox, 3 June 2024 Originally built by a 17th-century sultan, the Çirağan Palace Kempinski is an Ottoman-era imperial palace overlooking the glistening Bosphorus. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, 13 Dec. 2023 The Israeli state had replaced the sultan, but the effect was the same. Mark Mazzetti Jonathan Davis Anna Diamond David Mason, New York Times, 16 May 2024 On June 8, two sultans of sweet come together for one unforgettable dessert experience: Sweet Imagination at Work Powered by GE Profile. Robb Report Studio, Robb Report, 7 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for sultan 

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Word History


Middle French, from Arabic sulṭān

First Known Use

1555, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sultan was in 1555

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“Sultan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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sul·​tan ˈsəlt-ᵊn How to pronounce sultan (audio)
: a king or ruler especially of a Muslim state
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