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suzerainty

[soo-zuh-rin-tee, -reyn-] /ˈsu zə rɪn ti, -ˌreɪn-/
noun, plural suzerainties.
1.
the position or authority of a suzerain.
2.
the domain or area subject to a suzerain.
Origin
1815-1825
1815-25; < French suzeraineté, Middle French suserenete, equivalent to suseren suzerain + -ete -ity
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suzerainty

/ˈsuːzərəntɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
the position, power, or dignity of a suzerain
2.
the relationship between suzerain and subject
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Word Origin and History for suzerainty
n.

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

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