Definition of


  1. (noun, group) a state exercising a degree of dominion over a dependent state especially in its foreign affairs

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Alternate forms of Suzerain

Hypernyms: body politic, commonwealth, country, land, nation, res publica, state

Origin of the word Suzerain

  1. "sovereign, ruler," c.1470 (implied in suzerainty), from O.Fr. sus "up, above" (from V.L. susum, from L. sursum "upward, above," contraction of subversum, from sub "up from below") + vertere "a turning" (see versus). With ending from sovereign. more

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