Portrait of Alfred the Great
The definition of a potentate is a ruler or someone with power.
An example of a potentate is a king.
a person having great power; ruler; monarch
Origin of potentateMiddle English potentat from Late Latin potentatus from LL(Ec), power, rule from Classical Latin potens: see potent
- One who has the power and position to rule over others; a monarch.
- One who dominates or leads a group or an endeavor: industrial potentates.
Origin of potentateMiddle English potentat from Old French from Late Latin potentātus from Latin power from potēns present participle of posse to be able ; see potent .