suzerain

noun
su·zer·ain | \ˈsü-zə-rən, -ˌrān;ˈsüz-rən\

Definition of suzerain 

1 : a superior feudal lord to whom fealty is due : overlord

2 : a dominant state controlling the foreign relations of a vassal state but allowing it sovereign authority in its internal affairs

First Known Use of suzerain

1807, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for suzerain

French, from Middle French souserain, from sus up (from Latin sursum, from sub- up + versum -ward, from neuter of versus, past participle of vertere to turn) + -erain (as in soverain sovereign) — more at sub-, worth

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