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[soo-zuh-rin-tee, -reyn-] /ˈsu zə rɪn ti, -ˌreɪn-/
noun, plural suzerainties.
the position or authority of a suzerain.
the domain or area subject to a suzerain.
Origin of suzerainty
1815-25; < French suzeraineté, Middle French suserenete, equivalent to suseren suzerain + -ete -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for suzerainty
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  • But he was compelled to acknowledge the suzerainty of the Sultan.

  • The suzerainty of the Queen-Empress was accepted as a matter of course.

    The Pacification of Burma Sir Charles Haukes Todd Crosthwaite
  • As we have annexed what remains of Zululand, Cetywayo's suzerainty has consequently passed to us.

    The Last Boer War H. Rider Haggard
  • They had acknowledged the suzerainty of the Emperor Frederick and shaken it off.

  • This people had lived from time immemorial in the valleys of Rioja and Catamarca, and had been under the suzerainty of the Incas.

    Argentina W. A. Hirst
  • He was succeeded by his son Ahaziah, who acknowledged the suzerainty of Damascus.

    Myths of Babylonia and Assyria Donald A. Mackenzie
  • They might seek food there, and nap in the sun-pools, and live in quiet and peace if they did not defy his suzerainty.

    The Grizzly King James Oliver Curwood
  • He merely sought to establish a suzerainty in which he would be the overlord.

    Is Ulster Right? Anonymous
  • Their chief aim was to remove the suzerainty of the Senate over them.

  • You retain, if you like, you abolish the Cypriotic suzerainty of the Porte—all right.

    Frenzied Fiction Stephen Leacock
British Dictionary definitions for suzerainty


noun (pl) -ties
the position, power, or dignity of a suzerain
the relationship between suzerain and subject
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for suzerainty

late 15c., from Old French suserenete; see suzerain.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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