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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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 Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, having locked up or purged more than 200,000 Turks for political reasons, will probably prevail in elections that start on June 24th and assume sultan-like powers. The Economist, "Lessons from the rise of strongmen in weak states," 14 June 2018 Photo: abir sultan/EPA/Shutterstock Older evangelicals have long played a powerful role in pushing the U.S. to support the Israeli government. Ian Lovett, WSJ, "Younger Evangelicals Waver in Support for Israel," 3 June 2018 Modi was the third foreign leader, after the Singapore premier and Brunei's sultan, to meet Mahathir since his alliance's stunning victory in May 9 national polls. Fox News, "Modi seeks to cement ties with Malaysia in brief visit," 1 June 2018

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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 \

Kids Definition of sultan

: a ruler especially of a Muslim state

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