Meaning of “potentate” in the English Dictionary

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"potentate" in British English

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potentatenoun [ C ]

uk /ˈpəʊ.tən.teɪt/ us /ˈpoʊ.t̬ən.teɪt/ literary

a ruler who has a lot of power, especially one whose power is not limited, for example by the existence of a parliament

(Definition of “potentate” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)