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[suhl-tn-eyt] /ˈsʌl tnˌeɪt/
the office or rule of a sultan.
the territory ruled over by a sultan.
Origin of sultanate
First recorded in 1815-25; sultan + -ate3 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • An inhabitant of the sultanate of Zanzibar, off the eastern coast of Africa.

    The Devil's Dictionary Ambrose Bierce
  • Murad succeeded his father in the sultanate as second of the name.

  • This volume must be regarded as the standard work on the sultanate of Zanzibar.

    Feminism and Sex-Extinction

    Arabella Kenealy
  • The normal end of Roman Imperialism is a sultanate like that of Diocletian.

    Outspoken Essays William Ralph Inge
  • Persecutions followed the death of the great Caliph, particularly in the sultanate of Egypt.

    Peter the Hermit Daniel A. Goodsell
  • But after the death of Malik-Shah a contest for the sultanate took place.

  • No sultanate so small, no little caliphate lost in the hills, no territory of mountains or of plains that is without its rebels.

    Mogreb-el-Acksa R. B. Cunninghame Graham
  • Far to the west, near Lake Chad, arose in 1520 the sultanate of Baghirmi, which reached its highest power in the seventh century.

    The Negro W.E.B. Du Bois
  • That all captives within the sultanate of Sulu be delivered within one year.

    The History of Sulu Najeeb M. Saleeby
British Dictionary definitions for sultanate


the territory or a country ruled by a sultan
the office, rank, or jurisdiction of a sultan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sultanate

1822, from sultan + -ate.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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