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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sultan, grand Turk(noun)

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


  1. sultan(Noun)

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

  2. sultan(Noun)

    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. sultan(Noun)

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

  4. sultan(Noun)

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sultan(noun)

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

    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.

Editors Contribution

  1. Sultan

    A male homeless person that runs around and bothers people and talks nonsense.

    You are a bad sultan!

    Etymology: Bad Person.

    Submitted by anahid.ashraf on January 1, 2021  

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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. 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.

  2. Mehmet Turan:

    They were generally bringing Sultan, Love and Paradise parrots. Here in Turkey a Paradise parrot goes for 1,000 lira, but they were bringing them over for 500, it's the same for lovebirds. We were selling them at 25 lira retail, but they came from Syria at 12.5 to 15.

  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. Jillian Lauren:

    I am a witness to the fact that The Playboy Sultan was drinking, was committing adultery, was not exactly living on the straight and narrow.

  5. Musin Almat Zhumabekovich:

    A rich man thinks like a sultan. More secret wives, more mistresses, more prostitutes, he is not a prince, he just bought you like a barbie at a sex toy store. Author: Musin Almat Zhumabekovich

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