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The government of the Ottoman Empire.
[French, short for la Sublime Porte, the High Gate (the main gate of the palace complex of the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul), the Porte : sublime, sublime + porte, gate (from Old French; see port3) (translation of Ottoman Turkish Bāb-ı 'ālī : Arabic bāb, gate + Persian -i, suffix connecting a noun to its qualifier + Arabic 'ālī, high).]
(Historical Terms) Also called: Sublime Porte the court or government of the Ottoman Empire
[C17: shortened from French Sublime Porte High Gate, rendering the Turkish title Babi Ali, the imperial gate, which was regarded as the seat of government]