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.
Recent Examples on the Web Small protests broke out as part of the wider Arab Spring unrest in 2011, revealing discontent over corruption, unemployment and rising prices within the sultanate. NBC News, "Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who modernized Oman, dies at 79," 11 Jan. 2020 Sultan Qaboos’ outward-looking worldview could not have contrasted more sharply than that of his father, Sultan Said bin Taimur, under whose rule the sultanate more resembled a medieval state. Time, "Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Who Modernized Oman, Dies at 79," 11 Jan. 2020 Sultan Qaboos' outward-looking worldview could not have contrasted more sharply than that of his father, Sultan Said bin Taimur, under whose rule the sultanate more resembled a medieval state. NBC News, "Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who modernized Oman, dies at 79," 11 Jan. 2020 In Oman, the sultanate allows thousands of overflights and hundreds of landings a year, while also granting access to ports and its bases. Washington Post, "AP Explains: Rising Iran, US tension after general’s killing," 3 Jan. 2020 Oman state television announced that Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, who had served as the sultanate's culture minister, is now the new sultan. Nick Givas, Fox News, "Sultan Qaboos of Oman, who ruled since 1970, dies at 79," 12 Jan. 2020 But within hours, Oman state television announced Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, who had served as the sultanate’s culture minister, as the new sultan. Time, "Sultan Qaboos Bin Said, Who Modernized Oman, Dies at 79," 11 Jan. 2020 London was frustrated with Sultan Said, who had grown increasingly eccentric after surviving an assassination attempt and as Communist rebels kept up their offensive in the sultanate's Dhofar region. NBC News, "Sultan Qaboos bin Said, who modernized Oman, dies at 79," 11 Jan. 2020 That led to a sit-down with Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, who received assurances that Oman would maintain relations with the Islamic Republic, regardless of the sultanate’s alliances with Western powers. Ben Hubbard, New York Times, "Sultan Qaboos, Who Built Oman Into a Prosperous Oasis of Peacemaking, Dies at 79," 11 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of sultanate

1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Sultanate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sultanate. Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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sultanate

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How to pronounce sultanate (audio)

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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