Great Turk

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Great Turk (plural Great Turks)

  1. (historical) The Ottoman sultan.
    • 1603, John Florio, trans. Michel de Montaigne, Essyas, I.48:
      The great Turke [transl. grand Seigneur] doth not permit at this day any Christian or Jew, to have or keep any horse for himselfe, throughout all his large Empire.