Porte

Porte

[pawrt, pohrt]
Official name Sublime Porte.


Origin:
short for Sublime Porte High Gate, French translation of the Turkish official title Babιâli, with reference to the palace gate at which justice was administered

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La Porte

[luh pawrt, pohrt]
noun
1.
a city in NW Indiana.
2.
a town in S Texas.
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Porte (pɔːt)
 
n
Also called: Sublime Porte the court or government of the Ottoman Empire
 
[C17: shortened from French Sublime Porte High Gate, rendering the Turkish title Babi Ali, the imperial gate, which was regarded as the seat of government]

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Porte
"Ottoman court at Constantinople," 1609, from Fr., la Sublime Porte, translation of Arabic bab-i-'aliy, lit. "lofty gate," official name of the central office of the Ottoman government (cf. Vatican for "the Papacy," Kremlin for "the U.S.S.R."). Supposedly a ref. to the ancient custom of holding royal
audience in the doorway of a king's palace or tent.
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