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

Definition of emirate

: the state or jurisdiction of an emir

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Sheikh Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, heir to one of the seven emirates that make up the United Arab Emirates, was found dead in London on Monday morning. Stephanie Petit, PEOPLE.com, "Crown Prince from the United Arab Emirates and Fashion Designer Dies Unexpectedly at 39," 3 July 2019 Authorities in the emirate didn’t immediately disclose the type of drone that was identified Friday. Robert Wall, WSJ, "Drone Scare Grounds Flights at Dubai Airport," 15 Feb. 2019 Gold smuggling into India served as one of the emirate’s most lucrative trades for the decades after the pearling industry collapsed. Washington Post, "Report describes Dubai real estate as money-laundering haven," 12 June 2018 The tiny emirate is looking to sell bonds maturing in 2024, 2029 and 2049, using the proceeds for budgetary and general funding purposes, according to a term sheet and a prospectus provided by one of the banks handling the deal. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Qatar to Sell Dollar Bonds for Second Straight Year," 5 Mar. 2019 Tensions have grown after Turkey last year backed Qatar after Saudi Arabia and its closest regional allies severed diplomatic ties and launched an economic embargo on the tiny emirate. Margherita Stancati, WSJ, "Saudi Crown Prince Pledges Justice for Journalist’s Death," 24 Oct. 2018 The value of stocks traded on the emirate’s main exchange fell to the lowest in almost five months on Thursday, data from the Dubai Financial Market compiled by Bloomberg show. Filipe Pacheco, Bloomberg.com, "Bored Stock Traders in Dubai Cause Dwindling Market Volumes," 1 Mar. 2018 The slump has been most pronounced in the emirate’s splashiest projects. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Property Prices Tumble in Dubai," 12 Feb. 2019 The Riyadh-Moscow relationship is a key reason behind Qatar’s surprise exit from OPEC after 57 years with the cartel, an official in the emirate said. Benoit Faucon, WSJ, "Saudi-Russia Ties Raise Concerns Among OPEC Members," 4 Dec. 2018

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1847, in the meaning defined above

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: the country or position of an emir

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