sultanate

noun

sul·​tan·​ate ˈsəl-tə-ˌnāt How to pronounce sultanate (audio)
1
: a state or country governed by a sultan
2
: the office, dignity, or power of a sultan

Examples of sultanate in a Sentence

His sultanate ended in 1923.
Recent Examples on the Web In November 1941, Morocco marked the Feast of the Throne, a holiday held yearly to celebrate Mohammed’s sultanate. Theo Zenou, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Mar. 2024 Meanwhile, embassies, sultanate palaces, and colonial villas have been steadily restored, including Perdicaris Villa in Rmilat, a 70-hectare urban forest, and the new Museum of Contemporary Art in the former casbah prison, dedicated to the north Moroccan postwar canon of abstract painters. Stephanie Rafanelli, Condé Nast Traveler, 28 Aug. 2023 The Sulu sultanate ruled the islands in the Sulu Archipelago, which are part of Mindanao in today’s Philippines. Jenny Che, Bloomberg.com, 6 June 2023 The couple, who per Tatler are first cousins, began their wedding festivities in the independent sultanate on the island of Borneo in Southeast Asia on Jan. 8. Alexandra Schonfeld, Peoplemag, 25 May 2023 The images correspond to known landmarks around Sohar, the first major city people enter in the sultanate after crossing the border from neighboring United Arab Emirates. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, 24 May 2021 Once a sultanate, Ilisu features quaint stone houses and thermal springs that are said to have healing properties. Nell Lewis, CNN, 28 Apr. 2023 In the 1950s, as Africans across the continent began agitating for independence, Zanzibar witnessed an increasingly bloody struggle for democratic rule that would put an end to a sultanate that — backed by British colonial administrators — had ruled for 100 years. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 12 Sep. 2021 Omani state television broadcast images of flooded roadways and valleys as the storm churned deeper into the sultanate, its outer edges reaching the neighboring United Arab Emirates. BostonGlobe.com, 4 Oct. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sultanate was in 1822

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“Sultanate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sultanate. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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sultanate

noun
sul·​tan·​ate ˈsəlt-ᵊn-ˌāt How to pronounce sultanate (audio)
1
: a state or country governed by a sultan
2
: the power or position of a sultan
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