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  1. Ottoman, Ottoman dynasty(noun)

    the Turkish dynasty that ruled the Ottoman Empire from the 13th century to its dissolution after World War I

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  1. Ottoman Dynasty

    The Ottoman Dynasty ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1299 to 1922, beginning with Osman I, though the dynasty was not proclaimed until Orhan Bey declared himself sultan. Before that the tribe/dynasty was known as Söğüt Beylik or Beys but was renamed Osmanlı in honour of Osman. The sultan was the sole and absolute regent, head of state and head of government of the empire, at least officially, though often much power shifted de facto to other officials, especially the Grand Vizier. See the article on state organisation of the Ottoman Empire for further information on the sultan and the structure of power.


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