sul·​tan·​ate | \ ˈsəl-tə-ˌnāt \

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.

Recent Examples on the Web

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,, "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 The Obama administration lauded Oman’s contributions to the deal, but some of the sultanate’s neighbors view its policy toward Iran as too accommodating. Jonathan Schanzer And, WSJ, "Oman’s Dangerous Double Game," 10 June 2018 Muscat, where Avicii died, is the capital of the sultanate on the eastern edge of the Arabian Peninsula., "Avicii, DJ-Producer Who Performed Around the World, Dies," 21 Apr. 2018 Flooding and damage remains considerable after the cyclone, the strongest-ever recorded to hit southern Oman and the sultanate’s third-largest city of Salalah. Jon Gambrell, The Seattle Times, "Cyclone death toll in Oman, Yemen rises to at least 13," 28 May 2018 The Latest on the cyclone battering Oman and Yemen (all times local): 12:15 p.m. Police in Oman say Cyclone Mekunu has killed at least three people in the Gulf sultanate. Fox News, "The Latest: Death toll from cyclone in Oman climbs to 3," 26 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sultanate.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sultanate

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sultanate

Dictionary Entries near sultanate








Statistics for sultanate

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sultanate

The first known use of sultanate was in 1822

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sultanate



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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on sultanate

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sultanate

Nglish: Translation of sultanate for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of sultanate for Arabic Speakers

Comments on sultanate

What made you want to look up sultanate? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


excited commotion or publicity

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What did you just call me?! A Quiz

  • rows-of-various-emoji
  • If a member of the audience describes your speech as bombastic, does that person mean it is:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.


Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!