emir·​ate | \ˈe-mə-rət, -ˌrāt\

Definition of emirate 

: the state or jurisdiction of an emir

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Revenues from future exports will not turn the country into a flashy Gulf emirate. The Economist, "Egypt is optimistic about new gas discoveries in the Mediterranean," 5 July 2018 Qatari police officers in national dress, wearing crisscrossing bandoliers, patrol some areas of Doha on horseback, a nod to a time before Qatar’s vast natural gas wealth when rifle-carrying cavalry defended the emirate. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: A year into boycott, few signs of crisis in Qatar," 5 June 2018 There are good reasons for this: The federation of seven emirates is hampered by high temperatures, a lack of arable land, salty soil, and steep production costs. Rabiya Jaffery, The Christian Science Monitor, "UAE tries vertical farming to produce food with little water," 10 May 2018 The loose union of seven emirates in 1971 may be unique, but a country as large and diverse as Saudi Arabia has much to gain from devolving power. The Economist, "How to ensure Muhammad bin Salman’s reforms succeed," 23 June 2018 The warrant stems from a June 5 criminal complaint made in the emirate of Sharjah by Hamid Jafar, a prominent Middle Eastern businessman who is also a founding investor in Abraaj. Nicolas Parasie, WSJ, "Abraaj Founder Faces Arrest Warrant in U.A.E.," 25 June 2018 These three Ts underscore a strategic diversification that has created an oil-independent economy in the thriving emirate. Afshin Molavi, CNN, "Is Dubai a model for economic diversification in the Persian Gulf?," 4 June 2018 Jauhiaien said that herself and another friend, Herve Jaubert, were taken back aboard the Nostromo to a naval base in Fujairah, one of the UAE’s seven emirates. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, "India’s Modi authorized capture of runaway Dubai princess, newspaper claims," 28 Apr. 2018 The Gulf Arab city-state is already operating the first two phases of the project in the emirate’s desert and has broken ground on a fourth section. Anthony Dipaola, Bloomberg.com, "Dubai Adds 200 Megawatts of Solar Power in Renewables Push," 1 May 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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