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[pawrt, pohrt] /pɔrt, poʊrt/

the former Ottoman court or government in Turkey.
[luh pawrt, pohrt] /lə ˈpɔrt, ˈpoʊrt/
a city in NW Indiana.
a town in S Texas.
Also called Sublime Porte. the court or government of the Ottoman Empire

“Ottoman court at Constantinople,” c.1600, from French, in full, la Sublime Porte, translation of Arabic al-Bab al-‘Ali, literally “lofty gate,” official name of the central office of the Ottoman government (cf. Vatican for “the Papacy,” White House for “the United States”). Supposedly a reference to the ancient custom of holding royal audience in the doorway of a king’s palace or tent.


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