[uh-meer-it, -eyt, ey-meer-, em-er-it]


the office or rank of an emir.
the state or territory under the jurisdiction of an emir.
the Emirates. United Arab Emirates.

Also emeerate (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of emirate

First recorded in 1860–65; emir + -ate3
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the rank or office of an emir
the government, jurisdiction, or territory of an emir
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Word Origin and History for emirate

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

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