Definition of sultan
: a king or sovereign especially of a Muslim state
sultanicplay \ˌsəl-ˈta-nik\ adjective
Recent Examples of sultan from the Web
DAYBOOK: Trump has a meeting with his national security adviser and a call with the sultan of Oman in the morning followed by a lunch with service members and a Cabinet meeting.
Mr. Erdogan has also revived interest in the Ottoman sultans who ruled Turkey and the surrounding region before the creation of the Turkish republic, and whose legacy Ataturk sought to play down.
Still, the sultan’s lands straddled two continents, controlling access to the Black Sea.
The first tentative steps toward the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and several world powers took place in Oman, where the sultan hosted secret talks between American and Iranian officials at a seaside villa.
The Nabila was seized by the sultan of Brunei in 1987 for an unpaid loan.
The resort itself is as stunning and unforgettable as its backdrop, resembling a sprawling sultan's palace -- particularly when lit up for the evening.
Rachel Wilson leads the Sultans with a .416 average and 34 RBIs.
On Turo, visitors in San Francisco can tool around in a Smart Fortwo, BMW 13 or Tesla, the sultan of electric vehicles.
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Origin and Etymology of sultan
Middle French, from Arabic sulṭān
First Known Use: 1555See Words from the same year
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Definition of sultan for English Language Learners
: a king or ruler of a Muslim state or country
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Definition of sultan for Students
: a ruler especially of a Muslim state
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