emir·​ate | \ ˈe-mə-rət How to pronounce emirate (audio) , -ˌrāt \

Definition of emirate

: the state or jurisdiction of an emir

Examples of emirate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now reality is catching up to the big-dreaming emirate. Isabel Debre, BostonGlobe.com, "Dubai, party haven amid pandemic, faces its biggest surge," 19 Jan. 2021 The emirate's first net zero-energy development, it is meant to foster a community around social, environmental and economic sustainability. Giovanni Prati, CNN, "For one year, this man is eating only what's grown at Dubai's Sustainable City," 20 Jan. 2021 The specialized courts will review family lawsuits and other civil cases including rental disputes, the country’s official news agency said, citing a decision by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the head of the emirate’s Judicial Department. Zainab Fattah, Bloomberg.com, "Abu Dhabi to Start Specialized Courts as Part of Legal Overhaul," 19 Dec. 2020 But the emirate's balmy climate hasn't curbed the ambitions of Lebanese-Canadian entrepreneur Rainier Nouhra. Giovanni Prati, CNN, "The snowboard-making giant based in the desert," 28 Dec. 2020 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of the UAE emirate of Dubai, said he was vaccinated on Tuesday. Adveith Nair, Bloomberg.com, "Dubai Ruler Gets Covid Vaccine, Joining Other Top UAE Officials," 3 Nov. 2020 Dubai’s financial regulator has been stepping up scrutiny of firms to avoid a repeat of two high-profile failures in the emirate’s private equity industry, Abraaj and Al Masah Capital Ltd. Nicolas Parasie, Bloomberg.com, "Dubai Watchdog Stiffens Oversight After Private Equity Fiascoes," 4 Nov. 2020 Abu Dhabi’s state energy firm Adnoc and ADQ, one of the emirate’s investment vehicles, announced a joint venture to grow the chemicals industry in the United Arab Emirates. Laura Hurst, Bloomberg.com, "Iraq Committed to Energy Projects, Minister Says: Adipec Update," 10 Nov. 2020 The emirate, otherwise known for a ceramics factory bearing its initials RAK, has worked to increase tourism, offering itself as a secondary destination in the UAE or a quick holiday for the country's millions of expatriate workers. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "UAE sheikhdom hopes Bear Grylls camp draws pandemic tourists," 9 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of emirate

1841, in the meaning defined above

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15 Feb 2021

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“Emirate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emirate. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of emirate

: the country or position of an emir

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