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 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, "'Extended, slow recovery': Dubai airport is busier but 'a long way' from what it once was," 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,, "Virus Hot Spots Reemerge in Mideast, Threatening Economies," 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, "'No one really knows': Global travel still up in air over coronavirus pandemic, Dubai airport CEO says," 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,, "Erdogan Warns Russian Mercenaries in Libya Paid by Abu Dhabi," 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,, "US, Emirati troops hold major exercise amid virus, Iran tensions," 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, "The Runaway Princesses of Dubai," 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, "Mohammed bin Zayed’s Dark Vision of the Middle East’s Future," 9 Jan. 2020 But this federation of seven sheikhdoms ruled by hereditary leaders already conducts mass surveillance and has been internationally criticized for targeting activists, journalists and others. Washington Post, "Co-creator defends suspected UAE spying app called ToTok," 2 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sheikhdom

1860, in the meaning defined above

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31 Oct 2020

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“Sheikhdom.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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: an area ruled by a sheikh

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