from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The government of the Ottoman Empire.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Ottoman court; the government of the Turkish empire, officially called the Sublime Porte, from the gate (port) of the sultan's palace at which justice was administered.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Ottoman court; the government of the Turkish empire.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the Ottoman court in Constantinople
French, short for la Sublime Porte, the High Gate, from Old French porte, gate; see port3.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)