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

Definition of sultan

: a king or sovereign especially of a Muslim state

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

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Finally, the sultan of sprinkles, the colossus of cream, the prince of pastry breaks into laughter. Stephanie Apstein,, "Rise and Shine: MLB Players Reveal the Ritual of Day Game Doughnuts," 12 Sep. 2019 In John Payne’s 19th-century version of Galland’s story, Aladdin finally ends up as sultan. Michael Dirda, Washington Post, "How ‘Aladdin’ came to be: Thank (or blame) an 18th-century French scholar," 12 June 2019 But the customs of this city are under attack—by the sultan himself. The Economist, "A Javanese sultan wants his daughter to succeed him. His people object," 17 Aug. 2019 Jakarta was founded in the fourth century on marshland on the northwest coast of Java and served for centuries as the capital of kings and sultans. Muktita Suhartono,, "Indonesia’s capital is sinking, polluted, and crowded. Its leader wants to build a new one.," 26 Aug. 2019 The sultan was the ruler of the northern state of Kelantan and his resignation is the first time a monarch has stepped down before completing the five-year tenure. Fox News, "Former Malaysia king divorces Russian beauty queen wife, months after abdicating throne," 17 July 2019 Glamping—communing with nature while luxuriating in a tent loaded with creature comforts—was once the pastime of kings and sultans. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "Pop-Up Tents No S’more: Glamping Is the New Backyard Camping," 11 July 2019 The seller, an elderly woman, urged Tan to have a taste, boasting that her durians were the same color as the local sultan’s palace. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: Decades ago, he stole a tree branch. Now he is the Durian King," 4 July 2019 Eventually, with the help of the sultan of Morocco and legal maneuvers around a U.S. government treaty that African royalty could not be enslaved, he was freed., "Cruising the Mississippi River: New ships, insightful port excursions update a nostalgic float," 23 June 2019

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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) \

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: a ruler especially of a Muslim state

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