from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One who has the power and position to rule over others; a monarch.
- n. One who dominates or leads a group or an endeavor: industrial potentates.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A powerful leader; a monarch; a ruler
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who is potent; one who possesses great power or sway; a prince, sovereign, or monarch.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person who possesses power or sway; a prince; sovereign; monarch; ruler.
- n. A power; state; sovereignty.
- n. A trade-name of an explosive consisting of a mixture of finely divided guncotton (about 45 to 65 per cent.) with potassium nitrate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a ruler who is unconstrained by law
Middle English potentat, from Old French, from Late Latin potentātus, from Latin, power, from potēns, present participle of posse, to be able; see potent.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English potentat, from Old French, from Late Latin potentātus ("rule, political power"), from Latin potēns ("powerful, strong"), the active present participle of possum ("I am able"). (Wiktionary)