sul·​tan | \ˈsəl-tᵊn \

Definition of sultan 

: a king or sovereign especially of a Muslim state

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sultanic \ˌsəl-​ˈta-​nik \ adjective

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In 1506, the story imagines, the great Renaissance artist Michelangelo traveled to Constantinople after being commissioned by the Ottoman sultan to design a bridge to span the Golden Horn. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: A Critical Mass of Absurdist Misapprehensions," 30 Nov. 2018 For four centuries, the sultan in Istanbul was also the religious leader, or caliph, of the entire Muslim world. Yaroslav Trofimov, WSJ, "The Long Struggle for Supremacy in the Muslim World," 26 Oct. 2018 Omani state television showed clips of Mr. Netanyahu and his wife arriving at an Omani royal palace in the capital city of Muscat, and the two were greeted with handshakes by the sultan and a large number of officials at the residence. Felicia Schwartz, WSJ, "Israeli Leader Visits Oman’s Ruler in Sign of Improving Relations," 26 Oct. 2018 The sultan purportedly wanted to buy a 30 percent interest in the resort hotel. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Fake sultan's scam of a Miami billionaire fizzled after reckless Ferrari drive, pork meals," 6 July 2018 To stop the sultan, Turkey needs an effective opposition. The Economist, "Turkey’s president deserves to lose on June 24th," 21 June 2018 Growing up on the grounds of a sultan’s palace, an arrangement that isn’t uncommon in Malaysia, she was exposed to inordinate wealth, which some who know her believe fueled a later taste for extravagance. Tom Wright And Bradley Hope, WSJ, "Malaysia’s Extravagant Ex-First Lady Lands in Graft Investigators’ Sights," 25 June 2018 But for all of their contempt, Egyptian rulers have become mendicants at the feet of the kings, emirs and sultans of the Gulf. The Economist, "A wild rideRadical reforms in Saudi Arabia are changing the Gulf and the Arab world," 21 June 2018 Today, Chenot’s spa in Merano (PALACE.IT) is where oligarchs, heads of small states, and sultans go. Joan Juliet Buck, Town & Country, "Why I Put My Faith In Alternative Medicine," 8 Dec. 2017

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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 \

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: a ruler especially of a Muslim state

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