emirate

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

Origin of emirate

First recorded in 1860–65; emir + -ate3
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emirate

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 emirate
n.

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

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