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

  • n. A sultan in Egypt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Obsolete form of sultan.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sultan.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An obsolete form of sultan.


Middle English, from Old French, from Arabic sulṭān; see sultan.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English soudan, French soudan, from the Arabic. See sultan. (Wiktionary)


  • [Illustration] The "soldan" is king Philip II. of Spain; "Mercilla" is queen Elizabeth; "Adicia" is Injustice personified, or the bigotry of popery; and "Samient" the ambassadors of Holland, who went to Philip for redress of grievances, and were most iniquitously detained by him as prisoners.

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  • For Adrea is now the wife of the soldan-shah and mother of his adopted son . . .

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  • “So, if men would but stand stock still like your soldan, you would play the tyrant with them, Master Proudfute?”

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  • I should do you too much evil; besides, to tell you the truth, I strike far more freely at a helmet or bonnet when it is set on my wooden soldan; then I am sure to fetch it down.

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  • Thou hast, I think, only encountered with thy wooden soldan: it were unjust — unfair — unkind — in me to abuse thy friendly offer.

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  • And it behoveth, that anon at the first sight that men see the soldan, be it in window or in what place else, that men kneel to him and kiss the earth, for that is the manner to do reverence to the soldan of them that speak with him.

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  • And wit ye well that the soldan may lead out of Egypt more than

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  • And, therefore, I shall tell you what the soldan told me upon a day in his chamber.

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  • And when that messengers of strange countries come before him, the meinie of the soldan, when the strangers speak to him, they be about the soldan with swords drawn and gisarmes and axes, their arms lifted up in high with those weapons for to smite upon them, if they say any word that is displeasance to the soldan.

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  • And the soldan hath four wives, one Christian and three

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