Definition of protectorate
1a : government by a protectorb capitalized : the government of England (1653–59) under the Cromwellsc : the rank, office, or period of rule of a protector
2a : the relationship of superior authority assumed by one power or state over a dependent oneb : the dependent political unit or territory in such a relationship
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The oil was discovered in the 1950s, when the seven former British protectorates that now make up the Emirates were inhabited mainly by nomadic Bedouin tribes and the economy ran on fishing, date farming and camel herding.
The oil was discovered in the 1950s, when the seven former British protectorates that now make up the Emirates were inhabited mainly by nomadic Bedouin tribes and the economy ran on fishing, date-farming and camel-herding.
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First Known Use of protectorate
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Definition of protectorate for English Language Learners
: a small country that is controlled and protected by a larger one
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