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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His father was of native Sulawesi descent and his mother a Javanese noblewoman from the ancient sultanate of Yogyakarta. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 13 Sep. 2019 His father was of native Sulawesi descent and his mother a Javanese noblewoman from the ancient sultanate of Yogyakarta. BostonGlobe.com, "Most read on BostonGlobe.com," 13 Sep. 2019 His father was of native Sulawesi descent and his mother a Javanese noblewoman from the ancient sultanate of Yogyakarta. Washington Post, "Former Indonesian President Habibie dies at age 83," 12 Sep. 2019 Since the founding of the sultanate in 1755, the monarch has been a man. The Economist, "A Javanese sultan wants his daughter to succeed him. His people object," 17 Aug. 2019 More immediately, SoftBank is negotiating with the sultanate of Oman for an investment of $1 billion or more in its existing $100 billion Vision Fund, which raised nearly all its cash from Saudi Arabia and Abu Dhabi, the people said. ... Julie Steinberg, WSJ, "SoftBank Considers IPO for $100 Billion Vision Fund," 3 May 2019 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

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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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