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 The New Year's Eve display at the 828-meter-tall (2,716-foot-tall) skyscraper was just one of seven different fireworks shows across the emirate. CBS News, "New Year's celebrations around the world," 1 Jan. 2020 On December 10th Qatar’s prime minister flew to Saudi Arabia for a GCC summit, the emirate’s highest-level representation in two years. The Economist, "Making up is hard to do The Gulf states reconsider their feud with Qatar," 18 Dec. 2019 Iraq offered to withdraw from Kuwait, drop its annexation claims on the emirate and pay reparations for war damage. Judy Wiessler, Houston Chronicle, "‘Iraq’s army is defeated’," 25 Oct. 2019 The emirate has made a name for itself as a tech start-up hub and appointed a Minister for the Future to drive tech initiatives. Afshin Molavi, CNN, "Is Dubai a model for economic diversification in the Persian Gulf?," 4 June 2018 Charlene was in the emirate as a sports ambassador to attend an F1 race and an international rugby tournament. Peter Mikelbank, PEOPLE.com, "Hear Monaco's Royal Twins' Voices for Very First Time in Video for Grandma on Their 5th Birthday!," 10 Dec. 2019 Still, Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, a coalition led by a group once known as the Nusra Front that is fighting to create an Islamic emirate, became the dominant force in Idlib early this year. Washington Post, "Who’s Still Fighting Who in Syria’s Eight-Year War," 10 Oct. 2019 Air Arabia, which operates mainly out of the emirate of Sharjah, already has a fleet entirely made up of Airbus. Aya Batrawy, chicagotribune.com, "Boeing lands order for 10 of its grounded 737 Max jets, but Airbus outpacing it at Dubai Airshow," 18 Nov. 2019 Later, Pompeo will visit Abu Dhabi to meet with the emirate's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed. Anchorage Daily News, "Pompeo heads to Mideast as Iran rules out talks over attack on Saudi oil facilities," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of emirate

1847, in the meaning defined above

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12 Jan 2020

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“Emirate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emirate. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of emirate

: the country or position of an emir

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