suzerain

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Etymology[edit]

From French suzerain, based on sus ‎(up, above) (from Latin sursum) with the ending of souverain (whence also English sovereign).

Pronunciation[edit]

IPA(key): /ˈsuz(ə)ɹən/, /ˈsuzəˌɹeɪ̯n/

Noun[edit]

suzerain ‎(plural suzerains)

  1. A dominant nation or state which has control over the international affairs of a subservient state which has domestic autonomy.
  2. A feudal landowner to whom vassals were forced to pledge allegiance.

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Adjective[edit]

suzerain ‎(not comparable)

  1. Pertaining to a suzerain.

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