Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A ruler, especially a hereditary one.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A ruler or governor, especially a hereditary ruler or someone who founded or is part of a dynasty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A ruler; a governor; a prince.
  • n. A dynasty; a government.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A ruling prince; a permanent or hereditary ruler.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hereditary ruler

Etymologies

Latin dynastēs, from Greek dunastēs, lord, from dunasthai, to be able; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin dynastēs, from Ancient Greek δυναστής ("lord, ruler"), from δύνασθαι ("to be powerful"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It was a lightning revolt with a whiff of the Arab Spring about it, in that the anger was directed at the power of an elderly dynast and his closest associates.

    Over more than three decades, no one dared question the perversion of politics by and for Rupert Murdoch | Henry Porter

  • The 1848 political season was just beginning, and already it was reaching a white-hot intensity—kindled in part by that dynamic dynast of American politics, Henry Clay, whose magnified presence shone over the nation like a late afternoon sun over the sea.

    A Country of Vast Designs

  • Kevin, I don't want to be too belligerent about this, because I understand the benefits of experience, but, honestly, it was only a lack of time that kept me from posting a prediction that city's change-advocating daily and its equally reform-minded alternative weekly would both endorse the political dynast.

    Your Right Hand Thief

  • Determined to prove to his public that he really was “first among equals,” a man of the people, a regular Joe just like them, Augustus declined the opportunity to move to a rich palace in the style of an Eastern dynast like Cleopatra.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • Unlike her Egyptian opposite number, Cleopatra, to whom she was forced to play second fiddle both over the next decade and in historical memory, Livia Drusilla was not bred into the role of imperial dynast, but nor was she an outsider to the Roman political establishment.

    Caesars’ Wives

  • Wherever possible the date of production, location of the mint, and the dynast who issued the currency will be provided.

    Connecting Histories in Afghanistan: Market Relations and State Formation on a Colonial Frontier

  • What an insignificant topic ... what someone's VP pick said about someone's non-VP pick ... what an upstart said about a dynast ...

    Flashback: Palin Said She Didn't Like Hillary's "Whining"

  • The nationality of a dynast does not affect his right

    Archive 2008-01-20

  • Halicarnassus, like its most famous son, was in every sense cosmopolitan: a largely Greek city, part of the Persian Achaemenid empire, and ruled on Persia's behalf by a Carian dynast named Lygdamis, grandson of the warrior queen Artemisia who accompanied Xerxes during his great invasion, and of whom Herodotus gives us an unforgettable portrait.

    The Great Marathon Man

  • The Emperor likened the prospect of a Prussian dynast reigning at Madrid to a dagger pointed at the heart of France.

    FORGE OF EMPIRES 1861-1871

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