Definition of sultan
: a king or sovereign especially of a Muslim state
sultanicplay \ˌsəl-ˈta-nik\ adjective
Recent Examples of sultan from the Web
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.
The Mansion has 29 villas that are, she was told, reserved for high-rollers -- Middle East sultans, venture capital titans or Donald Trump relatives who can lose $250,000 in a weekend and giggle about it.
In the 1880s, the British cut deals with the sultans on the Gulf of Aden, while the Italians, comparatively late to colonialism, moved in on the Indian Ocean.
Twins’ DH just couldn’t beat out that sultan of swat: Robbie Grossman.
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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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