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See also: porte, porté, and portë


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From Middle French porte (gate), referring to the gate of the sultan's palace at which justice was administered, ultimately after Ottoman Turkish bāb-i ‘ālī (high gate).

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  1. (now historical) The Ottoman court; (hence), the government of the Ottoman empire. [from 15th c.]
    • 1988, Christina Pribićević-Zorić, translating Milorad Pavić, Dictionary of the Khazars, Vintage 1989, p. 24:
      A hired diplomat in Edirne and to the Porte in Constantinople, a military commander in the Austro-Turkish wars, a polyhistor and a learned man.
    • 2015, Eugene Rogan, The Fall of the Ottomans, Penguin 2016, p. 19:
      The Ottoman defenders in Edirne (ancient Adrianople, a city in modern Turkey near Greece and Bulgaria) were left surrounded and under siege when the Porte sued for an armistice in early December 1912.