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emirate

[uh-meer-it, -eyt, ey-meer-, em-er-it] /əˈmɪər ɪt, -eɪt, eɪˈmɪər-, ˈɛm ər ɪt/
noun
1.
the office or rank of an emir.
2.
the state or territory under the jurisdiction of an emir.
3.
the Emirates. United Arab Emirates.
Also, emeerate (for defs 1, 2).
Origin
1860-1865
1860-65; emir + -ate3
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British Dictionary definitions for the emirates

emirate

/ɛˈmɪərɪt; ˈɛmɪrɪt/
noun
1.
the rank or office of an emir
2.
the government, jurisdiction, or territory of an emir
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Word Origin and History for the emirates

emirate

n.

1863, "rule or territory of an emir;" see emir + -ate.

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