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emirate

[uh-meer-it, -eyt, ey-meer-, em-er-it]
noun
1.
the office or rank of an emir.
2.
the state or territory under the jurisdiction of an emir.
Also, emeerate (for defs 1, 2).


Origin:
1860–65; emir + -ate3

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emirate (ɛˈmɪərɪt, ˈɛmɪrɪt)
 
n
1.  the rank or office of an emir
2.  the government, jurisdiction, or territory of an emir

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emirate
1863, rule or territory of an emir.
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