noun, often capitalized
imam·​ate | \ i-ˈmä-ˌmāt How to pronounce imamate (audio) , ē-, -ˈma- How to pronounce imamate (audio) \

Definition of imamate

1 : the office of an imam
2 : the region or country ruled over by an imam

Examples of imamate in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of imamate

circa 1741, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Imamate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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