imam·​ate i-ˈmä-ˌmāt How to pronounce imamate (audio)
-ˈma- How to pronounce imamate (audio)
often capitalized
: the office of an imam
: the region or country ruled over by an imam

Examples of imamate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 1962, Yemeni revolutionaries overthrew the country’s centuries-old Zaydi Shia imamate to found the Yemen Arab Republic, an Arab Nationalist state, in the northwestern half of present-day Yemen. Asher Orkaby, Foreign Affairs, 11 July 2023 Wednesday, a Montgomery County Jail jail imamate who was being treated at Miami Valley hospital was able to get the security guard's weapon. Brook Endale, The Enquirer, 2 June 2022 The imamate was previously incarcerated at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution. Seamus McAvoy,, 24 Nov. 2021 Their aim was to stop the northern imamate, which followed a Shia version of Islam known as Zaydi, from encroaching. The Economist, 1 Feb. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of imamate was circa 1741

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“Imamate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

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