sheikh·​dom | \ ˈshēk-dəm How to pronounce sheikhdom (audio) , ˈshāk-, -təm \
variants: or sheikdom

Definition of sheikhdom

: a region under the rule of a sheikh

Examples of sheikhdom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But then the oil-rich Gulf Arab sheikhdom poured $212 million into an e-learning platform, and all schools went online. Rodney Muhumuza, ajc, 1 Nov. 2021 For Dubai, a sheikhdom of skyscrapers in the United Arab Emirates, the resumption of flights remains deeply in their business interest. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, 27 Oct. 2020 Dubai, a sheikhdom in the UAE, has allowed tourists to enter since July. Qatar, home to 2.4 million people, has reported more than 128,000 infections and has conducted about 850,000 tests since the start of the pandemic. Vivian Nereim,, 15 Oct. 2020 The virus has taken a hard toll in Dubai and the wider United Arab Emirates, a federation that includes six other sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula, among them Abu Dhabi. Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, 14 May 2020 The United Arab Emirates Foreign Ministry and the Abu Dhabi executive council, the sheikhdom’s top decision-making body, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on Erdogan’s remarks. Onur Ant,, 29 Apr. 2020 The biennial exercise, called Native Fury, shows the close ties between American forces and the UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula home to Abu Dhabi, the capital, and Dubai, its financial heart. Jon Gambrell,, 23 Mar. 2020 In 1968 the British announced their plans to pull out, and three years later his father, Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed al Maktoum, joined with the rulers of Abu Dhabi and five other sheikhdoms to create the United Arab Emirates. Joshua Hammer, Town & Country, 11 Dec. 2019 Since its founding in 1971, the United Arab Emirates — a federation of oil-rich sheikhdoms on the north Arabian coast — has mostly stayed out of the Arab world’s many conflicts. New York Times, 9 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sheikhdom

1860, in the meaning defined above

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“Sheikhdom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2021.

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: an area ruled by a sheikh


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