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

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His sultanate ended in 1923.

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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 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,, "Cyclone nears Oman’s coast, kills girl," 25 May 2018

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1822, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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