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 federation of seven emirates, dominated by oil-rich Abu Dhabi and Dubai, a hub for tourism and logistics, is struggling amid geopolitical tensions over Iran and an oversupplied property market. Abeer Abu Omar, Bloomberg.com, "U.A.E. Non-Oil Growth Slumped Last Year, Early Figures Show," 8 May 2020 The amount wasn’t detailed in a tweet from Sheikh Hamdan, the deputy ruler of the emirate, on Tuesday. Bloomberg.com, "N.Y. Braces for Hospital Surge; Italy Levels Off: Virus Update," 24 Mar. 2020 The emirate had been under an overnight curfew along with the rest of the UAE since March 26 but the lockdown will now continue to run around the clock, officials said. NBC News, "'The next week is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment,' surgeon general warns," 5 Apr. 2020 The emirate has long played a central part in Middle East politics. Summer Said, WSJ, "Qatar to Leave OPEC as Cartel Pressured to Cut Production," 3 Dec. 2018 Long linked to a different Khanate (similar to an emirate state) than the rest of the country, the antique wonders feel markedly different here, with unique tilework and an inner town surrounded by a high adobe-esque wall. Brandon Presser, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Visit Uzbekistan, A Country Undergoing a Tourism Renaissance," 24 Feb. 2020 Abu Dhabi, the largest emirate in the U.A.E., holds about 6 percent of global crude reserves and produces most of the country’s oil. Anthony Dipaola, Bloomberg.com, "Abu Dhabi Plans First Competitive Tender for Oil, Gas Blocks," 10 Apr. 2018 The emirate—which was bailed out by neighboring Abu Dhabi following a financial crisis in 2009—is again facing economic turmoil. Rory Jones, WSJ, "Dubai to Delist Global Port Operator DP World," 17 Feb. 2020 Of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, Abu Dhabi is not only the country’s capital, but also its cultural heart. Melinda Healy, Condé Nast Traveler, "Six Best Day Trips From Abu Dhabi," 6 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of emirate

1847, in the meaning defined above

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31 May 2020

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“Emirate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/emirate. Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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: the country or position of an emir

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