sheikh·​dom ˈshēk-dəm How to pronounce sheikhdom (audio)
variants or sheikdom
: a region under the rule of a sheikh

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web That has seen money, megayachts and Russian citizens come into the UAE, an autocratic federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula. Nomaan Merchant, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2023 These grand projects are at the heart of a program, said to be worth $12 billion, that the rulers of the United Arab Emirates hope will turn the largest and most oil-rich of the region’s sheikhdoms into a global center for the arts. John Arlidge, Travel + Leisure, 18 Mar. 2023 The monastery on Siniyah Island, part of the sand-dune sheikhdom of Umm al-Quwain, sheds new light on the history of early Christianity along the shores of the Persian Gulf. Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Nov. 2022 Across the wider Persian Gulf, alcohol remains banned in Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the sheikhdom of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. CBS News, 5 Dec. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1860, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sheikhdom was in 1860

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Cite this Entry

“Sheikhdom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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