What does the word potentate mean?

Usage examples for potentate

  1. One of the players outside is then invited in; he is told to kneel down and kiss the toe; the potentate on the chair leans forward a little to bring his sponge immediately over the subject's head; and a shower- bath follows. – What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
  2. Martin was too small a potentate, and far too remote to be chosen as protector by a man living near the farm of Singlee on Ettrick, and near the bold Buccleuch. – Sir Walter Scott and the Border Minstrelsy by Andrew Lang
  3. A prince and potentate of Commonplaces, such as he is! – The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 by Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett