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

Examples of sultan in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mozart’s 18th century musical melodrama that tells the tale of a young hero on a quest to rescue his beloved from a sultan’s harem. Matt Cooper, Los Angeles Times, "Mozart meets ‘Star Trek’ in an online watch party? Beam us up," 8 Apr. 2020 Oman state television announced that Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, who had served as the sultanate's culture minister, is now the new sultan. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Sultan Qaboos of Oman, who ruled since 1970, dies at 79," 12 Jan. 2020 During his reign, Omanis could not buy cement or wear eyeglasses without the sultan’s permission. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Sultan Qaboos, Who Built Oman Into a Prosperous Oasis of Peacemaking, Dies at 79," 11 Jan. 2020 Get our daily newsletter The sultan’s choice matters. The Economist, "A Javanese sultan wants his daughter to succeed him. His people object," 17 Aug. 2019 Bugatti's fortunes are tied to some of the world's wealthiest car buyers -- business moguls, professional athletes, investors and even sultans. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Will the world still want multimillion-dollar supercars? Bugatti's about to find out," 8 May 2020 The event was sufficiently noteworthy that the governor of Sulaymaniyah reported it to Abdul Hamid II, the 34th sultan of the Ottoman Empire, the researchers write. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Archivists Find the Oldest Record of Human Death by Meteorite," 27 Apr. 2020 Last year, the sultan hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a surprise visit. Aya Batrawy, USA TODAY, "Oman names new sultan after the death of longtime ruler Qaboos bin Said," 11 Jan. 2020 The sultan was believed to have been in poor health and traveled to Belgium for what the court described as a medical checkup last month. Jon Gambrell,, "Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who modernized Oman, dies at 79," 10 Jan. 2020

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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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30 May 2020

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“Sultan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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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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