Definition of suzerainty noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈsuːzəreɪnti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsuːzəreɪnti//
; BrE BrE//ˈsuːzərənti//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsuːzərənti//
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the right of a country to rule over another country Word Origin early 19th cent.: from French, apparently from sus ‘above’ (from Latin su(r)sum ‘upward’), suggested by souverain ‘sovereign’ + -y.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: suzerainty