from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The power or domain of a suzerain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The office or dignity of a suzerain; feudal supremacy; superior authority or command.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The dominion or authority of a suzerain; paramount authority.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A relation between states in which a subservient nation has its own government, but is unable to take international action independent of the superior state.

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

  • noun the position or authority of a suzerain
  • noun the domain of a suzerain


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  • 1 a sovereign or state having some control over another state that is internally autonomous. 2 a feudal overlord.

    ~ The dominion of a suzerain, a ruler of a dependent state; overlordship.

    ~ A suzerain was a superior feudal lord to whom fealty is due; or a dominant state controlling the foreign relations of a vassal state but allowing it sovereign authority in its internal affairs.

    January 18, 2009