suzerainty

 /ˈsuːzəreɪntɪ/


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suzerainty /ˈsuːzərəntɪ/ n ( pl -ties)
  1. the position, power, or dignity of a suzerain
  2. the relationship between suzerain and subject



suzerain /ˈsuːzəˌreɪn/ n
  1. a state or sovereign exercising some degree of dominion over a dependent state, usually controlling its foreign affairs
  2. (as modifier): a suzerain power
  3. a feudal overlord
  4. (as modifier): suzerain lord
Etymology: 19th Century: from French, from sus above (from Latin sursum turned upwards, from sub- up + vertere to turn) + -erain, as in souverain sovereign



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