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[uh-meer-it, -eyt, ey-meer-, em-er-it]
  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.
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Also emeerate (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of emirate

First recorded in 1860–65; emir + -ate3
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British Dictionary definitions for emirate


  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 emirate


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

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