What does SULTAN mean?

Definitions for SULTAN
ˈsʌl tnsul·tan

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word SULTAN.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. sultan, grand Turknoun

    the ruler of a Muslim country (especially of the former Ottoman Empire)


  1. sultannoun

    Originally, a secular office, formally subordinate to -, but de facto the power behind the throne of the (theoretically universal) caliph.

  2. sultannoun

    A hereditary ruler in various Muslim states (sultanate), varying from petty principalities (as in Indonesia and in Yemen), often vassal of a greater ruler, to independent realms, such as Oman, Brunei, or an empire such as the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

  3. sultannoun

    A variant of solitaire, played with two decks of cards.

  4. sultannoun

    A breed of chicken originating in Turkey, kept primarily in gardens for ornamental reasons. See:

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SULTANnoun

    The Turkish emperour.

    Etymology: Arabick.

    By this scimitar,
    That won three fields of sultan Solyman. William Shakespeare.


  1. sultan

    A sultan is a Muslim sovereign ruler of an Islamic country or region, typically recognized for their absolute authority. The term was historically used for powerful Islamic rulers who were considered below the rank of caliph. It was widely used in the Ottoman Empire and several regions in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sultannoun

    a ruler, or sovereign, of a Mohammedan state; specifically, the ruler of the Turks; the Padishah, or Grand Seignior; -- officially so called

  2. Etymology: [F. sultan (cf. Sp. soldan, It. sultano, soldano), Ar. sultn sultan, dominion. Cf. Soldan.]


  1. Sultan

    Sultan is a noble title with several historical meanings. Originally, it was an Arabic language abstract noun meaning "strength", "authority", "rulership" and "dictatorship", derived from the masdar سلطة sulṭah, meaning "authority" or "power". Later, it came to be used as the title of certain rulers who claimed almost full sovereignty in practical terms, without claiming the overall caliphate, or to refer to a powerful governor of a province within the caliphate. The dynasty and lands ruled by a sultan are referred to as a sultanate. A feminine form, used by Westerners, is sultana or sultanah; though the very styling misconstrues the roles of wives of sultans. In a similar usage, the wife of a German Field-Marshal might be styled Feldmarschallin. The rare female leaders in Muslim history are correctly known as "sultanas". However, in the Sultanate of Sulu, the wife of the sultan is styled as the "panguian". Among those modern hereditary rulers who wish to emphasize their secular authority under the rule of law, the term is gradually being replaced by king.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sultan

    sul′tan, n. a Mohammedan sovereign, esp. the supreme head of the Ottoman empire: a purple or hyacinthine gallinule, or porphyrio: a small white variety of the domestic hen:—fem. Sultana (sul-tä′na), the mother, a wife, or a daughter of a sultan—also Sul′taness.—ns. Sultana (sul-tä′na), a king's mistress: a kind of viol: an old form of necklace: a small kind of raisin; Sul′tanate, the authority or jurisdiction of a sultan.—adj: Sultan′ic.—n. Sul′tanship. [Ar. sultān, victorious, a ruler.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Sultan

    the title of a Mohammedan sovereign, Sultana being the feminine form.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. sultan

    An Arabic word signifying the “mighty man,” and evidently closely connected with the Hebrew word shalal, “to rule,” is in the East an ordinary title of Mohammedan princes. It is given, par excellence, to the supreme head of the Ottoman empire. It is applied in Egypt to the ruler of that country, and is also retained by the heir of the former reigning line of the Crim-Tartars. Sultana is the title of the wife of a sultan.

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Sultan is ranked #9648 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Sultan surname appeared 3,363 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Sultan.

    46.8% or 1,577 total occurrences were White.
    33.6% or 1,132 total occurrences were Asian.
    10.7% or 363 total occurrences were Black.
    5.1% or 174 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.3% or 112 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.1% or 5 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of SULTAN in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of SULTAN in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of SULTAN in a Sentence

  1. Sultan Kitaz:

    There is nothing in Aleppo, I am Sultan Kitaz there, the world is shocked by the pictures of the dead Syrian toddler but what I have seen in Aleppo is much more cruel. I saw whole families obliterated. I saw whole neighborhoods destroyed( and) many of my friends were killed. We have no other way out, we have no other solution.

  2. Matthew Woolfe:

    The Playboy Sultan is getting on in years now, and The Playboy Sultan family hasn't always had the cleanest of reputations, certainly, there are a lot of people talking about the hypocrisy of laws that The Playboy Sultan and The Playboy Sultan government are implementing when The Playboy Sultan family, in the past, could have been seen as being in violation of these laws with some of their antics.

  3. Hasan Cemal:

    The free space of journalists is being limited in an unprecedented way because there is an order from a sultan who hates independence, freedoms, rule of law, the right to live democratically are swiftly being eliminated.

  4. Matthew Woolfe:

    Certainly, there are a lot of people talking about the hypocrisy of laws that The Playboy Sultan and The Playboy Sultan government are implementing when The Playboy Sultan family, in the past, could have been seen as being in violation of these laws with some of their antics.

  5. Defense Department spokesman Peter Cook:

    Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari used Basim Muhammad Ahmad Sultan al-Bajari military experience to consolidate ISIL's control over Mosul, where they have engaged in dictatorial rule and sectarian murder and oppression since 2014. Hatim Talib al-Hamduni was an ISIL military commander in Mosul and the head of military police for self-proclaimed Ninawa state.

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