sheikhdom

noun
sheikh·​dom | \ˈshēk-dəm, ˈshāk-, -təm\
variants: or sheikdom

Definition of sheikhdom 

: a region under the rule of a sheikh

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That rift is pushing Qatar closer to Iran and sowing dissension among the small Gulf sheikhdoms whose cooperation the U.S. needs to protect vital oil-shipping lanes. Karen Elliott House, WSJ, "Rethinking Saudi Arabia," 30 Nov. 2018 About a quarter of all oil imports for Japan come from the UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Washington Post, "Japan PM Abe arrives in UAE on Middle East trip," 29 Apr. 2018 About a quarter of all oil imports for Japan come from the UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Japan PM Abe arrives in UAE on Middle East trip," 29 Apr. 2018 Lawmakers also publicly question ministers, giving the parliament authority beyond those of legislative and consultative councils in other Arab sheikhdoms. Washington Post, "Case against activists threatens Kuwait’s political openness," 19 Feb. 2018 Trucks loaded with the supplies and decorated with Qatari flags and posters of the oil-rich sheikhdom’s rulers could be seen outside Gaza City’s main Shifa hospital on Monday, where al-Emadi and U.N. officials spoke. Washington Post, "Qatari envoy says both Israel and Gaza militants want calm," 19 Feb. 2018 Surveillance is prolific across the UAE, a federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula. Bloomberg.com, "Bloomberg," 1 Feb. 2018 The sheikhdom is now the fourth-smallest producer in OPEC. Mohammed Sergie, Bloomberg.com, "Qatar Charts Second Gas Boom as Saudis Try to Tighten the Noose," 5 July 2017 Turkey signed separate agreements recognising British control of the Suez Canal, Aden and the Trucial sheikhdoms of the Persian Gulf, securing the sea lanes for Britain’s massive deployment of troops from the colonies to the Western Front. The Economist, "If the Ottoman Empire had not collapsedHad the Ottoman Empire been saved rather than sunk," 13 July 2017

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First Known Use of sheikhdom

1860, in the meaning defined above

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sheikhdom

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sheikhdom

: an area ruled by a sheikh

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