- a feudal lord
- a state in its relation to a semiautonomous state over which it exercises political control
Origin of suzerainFrench ; from sus, above (; from Classical Latin su(r)sum, upward, above, contr. ; from subversum ; from sub-, sub- + versum, a turning ; from past participle of vertere: see verse) + ending -erain, as in souverain, sovereign
- A nation that controls another nation in international affairs but allows it domestic sovereignty.
- A feudal lord to whom fealty was due.
Origin of suzerainFrench, from Old French suserain : probably sus, up (from Latin s&umacron;rsum, s&umacron;sum, upward, from *subsvorsum, turned upward : subs-, sub-, from under; see sub– + vorsum, neuter of vorsus, variant of versus, past participle of vertere, to turn; see versus) + souverein, sovereign; see sovereign.
- Pertaining to suzerain