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Safavid Tweet Definition of Safavid Like Definition of Safavid on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Safavi)
  1. an Muslim dynasty in Iran and Iraq in the 16th to 18th centuries
samurai Tweet Definition of samurai Like Definition of samurai on Facebook
noun (samurai, pl2=samurais)
  1. In feudal Japan, a samurai was a soldier of noble birth who followed the code of bushido and served a daimyo.
Saracen Tweet Definition of Saracen Like Definition of Saracen on Facebook
noun (plural: Saracens)
  1. A group of nomadic people from the Sinai.
  1. (dated) an Arab or any Muslim, especially one involved in the Crusades
  2. (dated) A pirate in the Mediterranean.
Savoy Tweet Definition of Savoy Like Definition of Savoy on Facebook
noun (sometimes savoy)
  1. A hardy cabbage with dense, crinkled leaves.
proper noun 
  1. A historical region of western Europe.
Second Reich Tweet Definition of Second Reich Like Definition of Second Reich on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The German Empire from its consolidation in 1871 until the abdication of Kaiser Wilhelm II in 1918.
seignior Tweet Definition of seignior Like Definition of seignior on Facebook
  1. A feudal lord; nobleman who held his lands by feudal grant; any lord (holder) of a manor; a gentleman.
  2. A title of respect, formerly corresponding (especially in France) approximately to Sir.
seneschal Tweet Definition of seneschal Like Definition of seneschal on Facebook
  1. A steward in charge of a medieval nobleman's estate.
serf Tweet Definition of serf Like Definition of serf on Facebook
  1. A peasant attached to the land owned by a lord and required to perform labour in return for certain legal or customary rights
  2. a similar agricultural labourer in 18th and 19th century Europe
  3. (strategy games) a worker unit (Synonyms: peasant, peon, villager)
sergeant Tweet Definition of sergeant Like Definition of sergeant on Facebook
  1. The highest rank of noncommissioned officer in most non-naval military forces and police.
shogun Tweet Definition of shogun Like Definition of shogun on Facebook
  1. The supreme generalissimo of feudal Japan.
shogunate Tweet Definition of shogunate Like Definition of shogunate on Facebook
  1. The administration of a Shogun
Sophy Tweet Definition of Sophy Like Definition of Sophy on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A female given name, variant of Sophie,
Spanish Armada Tweet Definition of Spanish Armada Like Definition of Spanish Armada on Facebook
noun Spanish armada, Armada
  1. the fleet of war ships sent by Philip II of Spain against England in 1588
Spanish Inquisition Tweet Definition of Spanish Inquisition Like Definition of Spanish Inquisition on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. an extension of the Papal Inquisition, set up in 15th century Spain, to investigate and punish converted Jews and Muslims thought to be insincere.
  2. (figuratively) Excessive questioning or interrogation
''I agreed to answer a few questions, but I didn't expect the .
squire Tweet Definition of squire Like Definition of squire on Facebook
  1. A square; a measure; a rule.
  2. A shield-bearer or armor-bearer who attended a knight.
  3. A title of dignity next in degree below knight, and above gentleman. See esquire.
  4. A male attendant on a great personage; also (Colloq.), a devoted attendant or follower of a lady; a beau.
  5. A title of office and courtesy. See under esquire.
verb (squir, ing)
  1. To attend as a squire
  2. To attend as a beau, or gallant, for aid and protection
staple Tweet Definition of staple Like Definition of staple on Facebook
  1. A basic or essential supply.
  2. A basic food.
    • Rice is a in the diet of many cultures.
verb (stapl, ing)
  1. (transitive) To secure with a staple.
subtlety Tweet Definition of subtlety Like Definition of subtlety on Facebook
noun (subtlet, ies, -)
  1. (uncountable) The quality or fact of being subtle.
With all his usual , he quietly fixed the problem before anyone else noticed it.
  1. (countable) An instance of being subtle, a subtle thing, especially a subtle argument or distinction.
The subtleties of this overture are often overlooked.
  1. (context, countable, food) An ornate medieval illusion dish or table decoration, especially when made from one thing but crafted to look like another.
At the king's coronation feast, several subtleties were served between main courses.
suzerain Tweet Definition of suzerain Like Definition of suzerain on Facebook
  1. A dominant nation or state which has control over the international affairs of a subservient state which has domestic autonomy.
  2. A feudal land-owner to whom peasants were forced to pledge allegiance.
suzerainty Tweet Definition of suzerainty Like Definition of suzerainty on Facebook
  1. A relation between states in which a subservient nation has its own government, but is unable to take international action independent of the superior state.

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