suzerain


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Suzerain \Su"ze*rain\, n. [F., formed fr. sus above, L. susum,
   sursum (fr. sub under + versum, p. p. of vertere to turn),
   after the analogy of souverain, E. sovereign. See Sub-, and
   Verse.]
   A superior lord, to whom fealty is due; a feudal lord; a lord
   paramount.
   [1913 Webster]
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