su·​zer·​ain·​ty | \ ˈsü-zə-rən-tē How to pronounce suzerainty (audio) , -ˌrān-; ˈsüz-rən- \

Definition of suzerainty

: the dominion of a suzerain : overlordship

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Recent Examples on the Web Taiwan entered American suzerainty following World War II. Daniel Tenreiro, National Review, "Taiwan’s Election Rebuked Xi Jinping," 23 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of suzerainty

1823, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for suzerainty

French suzeraineté, from Middle French susereneté, from suserain

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“Suzerainty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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