Okay guys - word of the week: suzerain!
It is either:
suzerain (n) - an object that contains indentations, notches, or battlements
suzerain (n) - a style of buffet plates that can currently be found at Crate and Barrel
suzerain (n) - a nation that controls another nations international affairs allowing it domestic independence
suzerain (n) - none of the above, in which case, you must supply your own answer.