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.
Recent Examples on the Web The sultanate requires people to remain quarantined at home for a week after coming into the country. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "Gulf Arab states launch new restrictions over virus fears," 4 Feb. 2021 The sultanate is transferring its 60% stake in Block 6, which has a production capacity of 650,000 barrels a day, from Petroleum Development Oman to a new company, according to three people familiar with the matter. Laura Hurst,, "Oman Seeks to Raise Billions by Leveraging Biggest Oil Block," 9 Nov. 2020 His successor, Sultan Haitham bin Tariq, has followed his example in establishing his rule over this country of 2.7 million Omanis and another 1.7 million foreigners as the coronavirus pandemic closed off the sultanate. Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, "Oman's new sultan quietly carves Gulf nation's way forward," 2 Oct. 2020 The sultanate has drawn sharp international criticism in recent years for the ruler's advocacy of punishments for criminals that are in line with Muslim Shariah law, but which are seen as particularly brutal in the west. NBC News, "Prince Azim of Brunei, Hollywood producer, dies at 38," 27 Oct. 2020 The sultanate said it’s also in aid talks with Gulf neighbors, according to its bond prospectus. Farah Elbahrawy,, "Gulf Bond Flurry Sets $102 Billion Record Before U.S. Vote," 21 Oct. 2020 The sultanate’s finances remain a concern, however. Jon Gambrell, The Christian Science Monitor, "Oman's new sultan quietly carves Gulf nation's way forward," 2 Oct. 2020 Others, like the tiny Gulf kingdom of Bahrain, the sultanate of Oman, and Sudan, may follow. Trudy Rubin, Star Tribune, "Israel-UAE deal won't resolve the Palestine problem," 21 Aug. 2020 Stabilizing Oman's economy likely will require foreign help, though accepting money from the Emirates or Saudi Arabia could see those nations trying to reshape the sultanate. Jon Gambrell, Star Tribune, "In a first, Oman's sultan names foreign, finance ministers," 18 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of sultanate

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 Apr 2021

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“Sultanate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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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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