sultanate

noun
sul·​tan·​ate | \ ˈsəl-tə-ˌnāt How to pronounce sultanate (audio) \

Definition of sultanate

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.

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Photo: Reuters The next king will be elected by the Council of Rulers, which comprises all nine sultanates. James Hookway, WSJ, "Malaysia’s King Abdicates After Marrying Former Miss Moscow," 6 Jan. 2019 In 1953, the 812-year-old sultanate was abolished in favor of a republic, then restored again a year later until 1968. Krishan Francis, Fox News, "Maldives prepares for polls seen as test for young democracy," 21 Sep. 2018 The sultanate's ports also have become a crucial lifeline to Qatar. Jon Gambrell, Fox News, "Analysis: Qatar crisis widens fissures among US allies," 4 June 2018 Seven of the royal families are hereditary monarchies, with the northern Kedah sultanate one of the oldest unbroken dynasties in the world, dating back to the 12th century. Eileen Ng, The Seattle Times, "A look at Malaysia’s monarchy before sultans pick next king," 23 Jan. 2019 Over a roughly 100-year period ending in 1996, only 17 recorded cyclones struck the sultanate on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula. Washington Post, "Cyclone Mekunu nears Oman’s coast, kills 12-year-old girl," 25 May 2018 Over a roughly 100-year period ending in 1996, only 17 recorded cyclones struck the sultanate. Jon Gambrell, BostonGlobe.com, "Cyclone nears Oman’s coast, kills girl," 25 May 2018 The administration later set up a secret channel to meet with Iranian officials in the Arab sultanate of Oman. Mark Mazzetti, New York Times, "A Financier’s Profit-Minded Mission to Open a Channel Between Kushner and North Korea," 17 June 2018 The sultanate’s ports also have become a crucial lifeline to Qatar. Washington Post, "Analysis: Qatar crisis widens fissures among US allies," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of sultanate

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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sultanate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sultanate

: a state or country that is ruled by a sultan
: the position of a sultan or the period of time when a sultan rules

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